Crime down 0.6% in past 12 months

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

WHEN the lat­est Crime Stats were re­leased last week and showed Strath­bo­gie Shire had an in­crease of 30.39 per­cent it may have had some heads spin­ning.

How­ever, this fig­ure does not show the true pic­ture as it rep­re­sented an in­crease of only 148 of­fences over a 12 month pe­riod from 487 in 2016 to 635 by June 30, 2017.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Della Nhiall for Mitchell and Strath­bo­gie was not avail­able for com­ment at the time go­ing to press.

Over all the state recorded a drop in the crime rate - down 0.6 per cent from of­fences recorded in the same pe­riod in the pre­vi­ous year.

The fig­ures were cal­cu­lated to June 30 this year and high­lighted were:

homi­cide and re­lated of­fences up 9.9 per cent;

as­sault and re­lated of­fences up 4.2 per cent;

sex­ual of­fences up 6.6 per­cent;

rob­bery up 10.6 per cent;

black­mail and ex­tor­tion up 6.3 per cent; and

Drug use and pos­ses­sion up 4.7 per cent.

Fam­ily in­ci­dents de­creased in the year to June 30, 2017, down 1.9 per cent from 78,006 to 76,500.

There were 178,935 of­fender in­ci­dents recorded, up 6.4 per cent from 168,103 in the year to June 2016.

Vic­tim re­ports in­creased in the year to June 30 by 0.7 per cent to 323,576 vic­tim re­ports.

Across the state from July 2015 to June 2017, the ma­jor of­fence cat­e­gories that showed sig­nif­i­cant up­ward trends in­cluded rob­bery (up 10.6 per cent); dan­gers and neg­li­gent acts en­dan­ger­ing peo­ple (up 14.4 per cent) and trans­port egu­la­ton of­fences (up 37.3 per cent).

Drug deal­ing and traf­fick­ing went down 14.6 per cent from 5208 to 4450.

The age group with the high­est pro­por­tion of vic­tims was 25– 29 year olds, who made up 12.6 per cent of all per­son vic­tims.

Unique vic­tims aged 65 years and over made up 7.6 per cent of all vic­tims in 2016–17.

There were 82,486 al­leged of­fend­ers recorded by po­lice in 2016–17, up 4.2 per cent com­pared to 2015–16.

Of the 82,486 al­leged of­fend­ers, 77.1 per cent ( 63,627) were males and 22.5 per cent (18,581) were fe­males.

The age group with the high­est pro­por­tion of al­leged of­fend­ers was 20– 24 year olds, who made up 15.6 per cent of all per­son of­fend­ers.

More than half (55.6 per cent) of all per­son of­fend­ers were be­tween 15 and 34 years of age.

Some 66.4 per cent of all al­leged of­fend­ers were in­volved in one in­ci­dent in 2016–17.

Source: https:// www. crimes­tatis­

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