Break-ins drop across Tweed
TWEED police report the number of break and enters in the command area of Tweed Heads and Byron Bay have decreased by 37% over the last 24 months.
This figure may come as a surprise to residents who have read the data released last week by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research which indicated the region had showed an increase in the number of break-ins by close to 36% over the last two years.
Detective Acting Inspector Saul Wiseman said the figures released by the bureau included the Ballina and Lismore areas which showed significant increases in break-ins.
The local command area was only about 50% of the Tweed/Richmond region and therefore showed completely different results.
The Tweed/Byron area also experienced a decrease of about 35% in the number of break-ins of non-dwelling or business premises over the last two years and saw a 25% reduction in the number of thefts from cars.
Insp Wiseman welcomed the figures and said faster turnover of forensic investigations and a more visible policing effort may have contributed to the results of the last two years.
An increase in detection of certain crimes indicated more vigilance and effective policing.
Policing in the Tweed was all about targeting theft and domestic violence whereas policing in Byron Bay focused more on alcohol-related crimes.
Statewide statistics showed a number of remarkable trends including an increase of about 26% in the number of amphetamine possessions/use, a 138% increase in the number of detected drug importations and a 24% increase in the number of custody escapes.
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Don Weatherburn said the most encouraging results in the bureau's June quarterly report was that the number of assaults on licensed premises continued to fall while shooting incidents in NSW which had been rising rapidly, had stabilised.
"The rise in stealing from a motor vehicle is a direct result of higher petrol prices.
"People are stealing numberplates to avoid detection when they steal petrol.
"If petrol prices start to decline, stealing from a motor vehicle will start to go down," Dr Weatherburn said.