Crime scorecard a mixed bag

Crime scorecard a mixed bag

Tumut is performing better than the NSW average in 15 crime categories and worse in 22 crime categories, according to the latest information from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Reporting.

It has a hard-to-complain-about homicide rate of zero, and also has rates of stealing from a person, stealing from a retail store, assaulting police, and fraud sitting well below state average.

It has a robbery rate of zero, verses the rest of the state in which 30 people in 100, 000 have experienced a robbery.

However, it has seen a significantly higher average of incidents in the following crime categories: domestic assault, sexual offences, breaking and entering a non-dwelling, stealing from a dwelling, stock theft, escape custody, breaching AVO, disorderly conduct, and pornography offences.

It should be noted that these numbers can sometimes be inflated due to population size. The Bureau calculates crime rates per 100, 000 people, meaning that one or two incidents in a local government area of Tumut’s size (11, 000), can misrepresent the extent of a problem.

Local government areas in NSW vary in size from 350, 983 people in Canterbury-Bankstown to the 650 people living on Lord Howe Island.

However, the statistics give a fairly good indication of how different shires are faring in comparison with each other.

Tumut is performing better or close to state average in the following areas: non-domestic assault, receiving and handling stolen goods, stealing from a motor vehicle, abduction and kidnapping, breaking bail conditions, failure to appear in court, betting and gambling offences, and prostitution offences.

On the other hand, it is performing worse or close to state average in these areas: theft; breaking and entering a dwelling; motor vehicle theft; resisting or hindering an officer; arson; drug offences; harassment, threatening behavior, and private nuisance offences; liquor offences; and prohibited and regulated weapons offences.

Crime statistics for local government areas can be accessed at http://crimetool.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/bocsar/.