STATISTICS KILLER HIT
Figures show Blacktown is murder capital of state
THE latest crime statistics have crowned the Blacktown local government area – which includes the Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Quakers Hill police commands – as the murder capital of NSW.
The region shares the dubious honour with Sydney’s inner southwest. Both areas recorded six murders in the year to June – more than any other part of the state.
The two regions accounted for almost a third of the 38 murders in greater Sydney and more than 20 per cent of the 57 in NSW.
The figures come from the Bureau of Crime and Statistics Research.
MAJOR crime rates are down across NSW but Blacktown is the state’s joint murder capital.
Blacktown and Sydney’s inner southwest region recorded six murders in the year to June – more than any other part of the state.
Between them, they accounted for almost onethird of the 38 murders in greater Sydney, and more than 20 per cent of the 57 murders in NSW.
Blacktown is the largest council area in the state and takes in three police commands – Blacktown, Mt Druitt and Quakers Hill.
But its murder rate is more than double the state average, even on a per capita basis, and robbery rates are three times the state average.
Blacktown has experienced only one worse year for murders in the past 18 years – in 2012, when 14 cases were recorded.
Blacktown detective Inspector Paul Tickner said: “I can only speak for the Blacktown LAC, and we haven’t had a murder in 2016.
“Our last murder was a year ago,” he said referring to the slayings of a 63-year- old woman and her sevenyear-old grandson at Lalor Park.
The latest Bureau of Crime and Statistics Research data shows some areas of improvement.
Break and enters from non-dwellings in Blacktown were down 14 per cent over the past two years.
In the outer west and Blue Mountains, car theft was down almost 20 per cent, and theft from cars down 22 per cent.
But stealing from shops was up 15 per cent, stealing from homes up almost nine per cent and fraud increased by almost 12 per cent.
The report showed the number of murder victims in NSW fell from 84 to 57 in the year to June.
The Mt Druitt Standard was unable to obtain comment from Mt Druitt police.