Tweed crime fall due to hot spot ‘hits’

CRIME in the Tweed has dropped in almost every category according to the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report.

The report detailing the 2012 crime statistics showed a drop in 11 of the 15 major offence categories in comparison to the 2011 report.

Sexual assault dropped 27.95%, household break and entry was down 15.38% and malicious damage dropped 8.09%.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command's new crime manager Inspector Brendon Cullen said it was a positive result.

"I think it's great, but certainly from our point of view it doesn't mean we will be taking our foot off the pedal at all," he said.

"We're going to continue the proactive measures such as targeting repeat offenders, targeting bail compliance and defining areas where these crimes are occurring and take some positive action."

Insp Cullen said the drop in reported crime was the result of operations targeting specific crime hot spots in the area.

"A lot of our crime has decreased over the past 12 months," he said.

"And that really is a result of proactive targeting of repeat offenders, bail compliance for offenders, targeting crime hotspots and really being relentless in those areas.

"Those actions are what we focus on here and as it shows, it is getting good results."

THE FIGURES: A detailed report comparing the number of crimes reported in the Tweed for the years 2011 and 2012 was released this week. Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
THE FIGURES: A detailed report comparing the number of crimes reported in the Tweed for the years 2011 and 2012 was released this week. Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

Stealing from a motor vehicle, with a drop of 19.82%, was one of the major areas where crime was reduced and Insp Cullen said it was because of public awareness campaigns more than anything else.

"There have been public appeals not to leave valuables in cars. That goes halfway to reducing this crime," he said.

"That's not leaving valuables in cars in sight that are valuable to steal.

"It's a very opportunistic crime and if the opportunity is there people will take it."

He said it was an education issue and the police relied heavily on the community to support them with preventing this crime and others.

Other decreases included stealing from a person, which dropped by 21.7%; motor vehicle theft was reduced by 16.96% and stealing from a retail store dropped by 5.31%.

Fraud was one of the major categories of crime that increased.

There has been a 29.72% increase in figures since 2011.

Insp Cullen said it was an ongoing issue that police were actively working on to reduce.

"Fraud is an ongoing problem and the main issue with fraud is your 'fail to pay' offences at service stations," he said.

"That's the majority of fraud offences."

Murder, which is a category based on victims, increased when Kelvin Kane was unable to be resuscitated after he was king hit outside the Kingscliff Beach Hotel last June.

Domestic violence assaults also increased, by 14.56%.



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