Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the latest crime statistics showing a downward trend in crime across Tamworth and Gunnedah.

Mr Anderson said that the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a testament to the proactive work of local police in detecting and preventing crime.

“In the 24 months to September 2016, only one of the 17 major offence categories showed an upward trend in the Tamworth electorate, while eight categories showed downward trends.

“Locally, it is very reassuring to see downward trends in the following major crime categories:

  • Assault – domestic violence related is down 14.9% (Tamworth Regional LGA)

  • Break and enter non-dwelling is down 41.8% (Tamworth Regional LGA)

  • Motor vehicle theft is down 27.3% (Tamworth Regional LGA)

  • Malicious damage to property is down 8.2% (Tamworth Regional LGA)

  • Break and enter dwelling is down 33.3% (Gunnedah LGA)

  • Steal from motor vehicle is down 65.3% (Gunnedah LGA)

  • Steal from dwelling is down 36.1% (Gunnedah LGA)

“This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe,” Mr Anderson said.

“I would like to thank community for doing their bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant.

“Despite the very encouraging trends evident in the quarterly update, fraud has risen in the Tamworth Local Government area, capturing crimes such as fraudulent use of credit cards and failing to pay for fuel at service stations.

“I am determined to see that statistic turn around, and will continue to ensure police across electorate have the resources they need to investigate and prosecute these crimes.

“The upcoming introduction of Regional and Metropolitan Deputy Commissioners as part of the NSW Government’s reforms to the NSW Police Force will ensure high-quality, targeted policing to reduce local crime trends,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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