CRIME STATS SHOCK

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

De­spite cau­tiously op­ti­mistic calls from Nar­ro­gin po­lice ear­lier this year that the town would ex­pe­ri­ence an over­all drop in crime, Nar­ro­gin had an in­crease in crime in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year.

In fact, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by WA Po­lice this week, Nar­ro­gin ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est crime rate since 2009-10 — the ear­li­est year crime sta­tis­tics were avail­able for in­di­vid­ual towns or sub­urbs.

A to­tal of 1068 of­fences were recorded in 2017-18, 120 higher than 2016-17 which was the sec­ond high­est since 2009-10.

Vi­o­lent crimes recorded in­creased dur­ing the last fi­nan­cial year.

As­saults on non-fam­ily mem­bers, threat­en­ing be­hav­iour of­fences and rob­bery in­creased, while recorded in­stances of as­saults on fam­ily mem­bers dropped from 87 in 2016-17 to 73 in 2017-18.

Breaches of vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­ders also fell, from 61 to 57. Also, 46 sex­ual of­fences were recorded in the last fi­nan­cial year com­pared to 13 in 2016-17.

How­ever Nar­ro­gin Po­lice Sta­tion’s Se­nior Sergeant John Bouw­man said this was due to his­tor­i­cal events brought to the courts.

The up­ward trend of vi­o­lence of­fences has not stopped with the turn of the fi­nan­cial year.

Fig­ures show 46 as­saults have been recorded year-to-date in 201819.

Non-vi­o­lent crimes such as dwelling bur­glar­ies also rose — 90 of­fences com­pared to 60 in 2016-17.

Mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts and ar­son in­creased, while non-dwelling bur­glar­ies and steal­ing of­fences had a mod­er­ate drop.

But there was a sig­nif­i­cant drop in prop­erty dam­age from 185 of­fences in 2016-17 to 135 in 2017-18.

The big­gest in­crease in recorded of­fences for the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year were drug-re­lated with 309 recorded in the past fi­nan­cial year, 103 more than 2016-17, and the high­est since 2009-10. Fraud re­lated of­fences dropped marginally from 22 to 17 as did graf­fiti of­fences.. Sen. Sgt Bouw­man told The Ob

server that the rise in drug-re­lated of­fences was due to Nar­ro­gin po­lice tak­ing a more proac­tive ef­fort in stamp­ing out drug use. He also in­di­cated to The Ob­serv

er that the dwelling bur­glar­ies in­crease was due to a spate of in­ci­dents car­ried out by a group of eight ju­ve­niles ear­lier in the year.

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