Crime statistics see varied comparisons

Incidents of break and enter (dwelling), steal from motor vehicle and steal from dwelling have risen in Grenfell in the past 12 months, according to the latest crime statistics.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research's (BOCSAR) Recorded Crime Statistics quarterly update has revealed that the biggest decline was in the number of break and enter a dwelling incidents, which rose from 4 in 2017 to 7 incidents in 2018.

Incidents of steal from a person and steal from a dwelling both dropped in the 12 months to December 2018, from 15 to 7 and 1 to 0 incidents respectively.

There were 5 more incidents of fraud in the 12 months, from 10 in 2017 to 15 in 2018.

Sexual assault incidents declined, from 2 in 2017 to 1 in 2018. Cases of domestic violence related assault declined in the 12 months from 13 to 4 reported cases, non-domestic violence related assault rose significantly with 6 cases reported in 2017 and 12 in 2018.

Data showed there was no change in the number of steal from retail store (4 in 2017 and 4 in 2018) as with motor vehicle thefts (3 in 2017 and in 2018) and break and enter a non dwelling was up by one reported case from 2 in 2017 to 3 in 2018. 

However the largest decline was cases of malicious damage to property, with 38 recorded in 2017 and 20 recorded in 2018.

Overall, the number of crime incidents remained stable in the Central West except for the rise in the number of fraud cases, which went up from 999 in 2017 to 1133 in 2018.

Stealing from motor vehicle and non-domestic violence related assaults also registered a small increase on 2017. Break and enter a dwelling, and break and enter a non-dwelling incidents have come down in the region.