And now for some GOOD NEWS...

Monthly Chronicle - - News - Jenny Bar­lass

RE­LAX - it’s of­fi­cial. Where you live is one of the safest and crime-free places in the state

While traf­fic jams to the beach or kids un­der­foot mean your stress lev­els may be rock­et­ing, take some com­fort that com­pared to the rest of the state, Ku ring gai and Hornsby Shires do well when it comes to crime.

Anal­y­sis of sta­tis­tics from the NSW Bu­reau of Crime Sta­tis­tics and Re­search (BOCSAR) has found that Ku ring gai and Hornsby’s over­all rate of that crime is half, or less than half, the NSW rate.

Do­mes­tic as­sault in Ku ring gai is just one fifth what it is for the rest of NSW - in the year to June 2016, the rate of as­saults per 100,000 peo­ple was 388 across the state, and just 68 per 100,000 peo­ple in Ku-ring-gai, and 103 per 100,000 in Hornsby.

Out­side the home, in cases of non­do­mes­tic as­sault like road rage, pub fights and neigh­bour dis­putes, again the two ar­eas stood out as safe as houses - 69 and 136 in Ku ring gai and Hornsby re­spec­tively, for ev­ery 100,000 peo­ple, though cu­ri­ously Ku ring gai’s was a 40% in­crease on last year’s fig­ures.

Rob­beries were also com­fort­ingly low - with 4 in Ku ring gai and 6 in Hornsby per 100,000, com­pared to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area av­er­age in NSW of 31. Com­pare that to Black­town at 74 or Par­ra­matta at 61 and it’s un­doubt­edly good news.

Other fig­ures showed that sex­ual of­fences were down by a con­sid­er­able 40% on the North Shore while break­ing and en­ter­ing in Hornsby was down by nearly the same. And as you pour your­self an­other pinot, bare in mind that ex­ceed­ing the speed le­gal limit in both ar­eas was up, so take care on the roads over the hol­i­days.

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