Fig­ures show Black­town is mur­der cap­i­tal of state

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Con­way

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.

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