Glen Innes crime: domestic violence, break-ins down as crime drops in BOCSAR crime statistics

Most Glen Innes violent crime happens in the family, with 56 domestic violence assaults as compared with 55 non domestic assaults recorded in recent stats.
Most Glen Innes violent crime happens in the family, with 56 domestic violence assaults as compared with 55 non domestic assaults recorded in recent stats.

Glen Innes has seen a decline of almost every type of crime in the latest crime stats released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

The new statistics, released Monday, show most violence in Glen Innes occurs between partners, with 56 domestic violence assaults as compared with 55 assaults outside the family.

The statistics, which cover the year to June, are down even on last year. In 2018 there were 68 domestic and 71 non-domestic assaults.

Glen Innes' sexual offending rate is also down, bucking a trend of increasing rates of sexual assault across our region. The New England and North West Region suffered a 20.5 per cent increase in sexual assault over the last two years, and now has double the state average.

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Meanwhile Glen Innes' rate of sexual assault dropped by one, from 15 to 14. But the town had double as many indecent assaults, a category which also contains all other sexual offences.

And 10 more cars were stolen from and 11 more businesses broken into in Glen Innes compared to the same statistics last year. Three people were stolen from, compared to 1 in 2018.

All other property crime is down, with 18 fewer reported break and entry offences and just 13 cars stolen, down four on 2018. People maliciously wrecked each others' property just 104 times, down from 116 times in 2018.

Crime in Armidale is mostly down, with drops in the rate of break and entry, malicious destruction of property, and stealing. There was a slight increase in break and entry of non-dwellings.

But sexual and violent offences in Armidale have increased, with 34 more reports of sex-related crimes. There were 204 domestic violence assaults, up 5, and 196 non-domestic assaults, up 8.

Tenterfield is suffering through a crime wave, with 20 more domestic violence assaults then 2018's 36, and a doubling of break and enter offences to 47.

Domestic violence is getting worse in Inverell, too, with forty more domestic assaults, up from 108. The rate of break and entries and other property crime is dropping, with 227 counts of malicious damage of property, down 30.

Most crime rates across the region are stable, with the New England remaining a relatively high crime area with 1.6 times as many violent offences and 1.4 times as many property crimes compared to average.