BOCSAR stats show crime in Port Stephens lower than pandemic period – News Of The Area

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has released its quarterly crime update for the Port Stephens area for 2022.

Over the past two years, the Hunter Valley region (excluding Newcastle) has seen a 1.4 per cent drop in violent crime – one of only two statistical areas to see a drop .

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Port Stephens Local Government Area has seen no significant change in levels of any type of offense in the two year period to March 2022.

Port Stephens has reduced the NSW criminal incident rate ratio per 100,000 population for the offense of robbery to just a ratio of just 0.4 offenses per 100,000 for the region.

Neighboring areas including Newcastle and MidCoast LGAs saw increases in the same offense category of 2.6 and 0.8 respectively.

In the twelve months to March 2022, the following offenses were reported: 243 domestic violence assaults, 260 non-domestic violence assaults, 93 sexual assaults, 100 other sexual offences, six robberies, 139 residential break-ins, 101 non-residential break-ins, 86 motor vehicle thefts, 197 motor vehicle thefts, 96 retail store thefts, 329 other thefts, 498 damages malicious acts to property and murder.

These statistics were fairly consistent with offenses reported in the previous twelve months, domestic violence and non-domestic violence related assaults, sexual assaults, motor vehicle thefts, thefts from motor vehicles, d other theft offenses and malicious damage declined significantly in March. Reporting period 2021-March 2022.

Statewide, these crime statistics showed that many high-volume crimes remained low in the first quarter of 2022 thanks to steep reductions in offenses during the pandemic.

Between January and March 2022, police recorded 24% fewer property crimes than two years ago (January to March 2020).

Jackie Fitzgerald, executive director of BOCSAR, said it was surprising that theft offenses were still so low in 2022, given that behaviors in the community had largely returned to normal.

“A number of factors believed to keep property crime low during the pandemic are no longer in play, such as mobility restrictions and access to government stimulus funds.

“It seems likely that property crime will start to increase over the coming year but thankfully it’s taking longer than expected,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

By Tara Campbell