Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Tweed bucks the trend in crime statistics

DOMESTIC assaults increased by 30% in Tweed this year, while statewide figures remained stable.

New South Wales police have welcomed a reduction or stable rates of all 17 major crime categories over the past 24 months across the state.

Tweed has bucked the trend on several fronts in the 12 months to September, including an increase from no murder charges in 2013 to three this year.

The most recent was the alleged murder of homeless man Hoani Shaune Love, who died after receiving head injuries outside Tweed Mall shopping centre on September 27.

Brendon Troy Griffiths has been charged with Mr Love's murder.

Residents of Tweed were 2.9 times more likely to be charged with murder this year than the state average on a per capita basis.

However, they were 70% less likely to be the victims of theft from a person.

Fraud charges rose from 408 cases in 2013 to 464 this year - an increase of 13.7%.

Petrol drive-offs were the biggest contributor to the figures and sparked a Fraud Buster campaign between police and Tweed Daily News, resulting in several arrests.

It was not all bad news for Tweed, with break-and-enters falling by 17.7% and malicious property damage decreasing by 15.7%.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the overall figures were a good result for the state, but acknowledged the rise of methamphetamine remained a major problem.

Statewide, charges for amphetamine possession increased 25.9% over the two years to 2014, while marijuana possession spiked by 12.7%.

"We have quite deliberately set out to disrupt the availability of these drugs in the community," Mr Scipione said.

"History tells us the damage these drugs can do to young people and if we save one life, it's worth it."



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