As­saults, theft rise in re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and thefts in the Pil­bara are up on last year, ac­cord­ing to po­lice crime sta­tis­tics re­leased this month.

WA Po­lice have re­leased fig­ures for the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year across the State and they showed in the Pil­bara the to­tal num­ber of of­fences against a per­son came to 1584 while of­fences against prop­erty num­bered 4326.

Pil­bara rates of per­sonal and prop­erty of­fences were lower than for re­gional WA, though Pil­bara out­ranked the over­all State in the for­mer.

Do­mes­tic as­saults showed the big­gest spike of any of­fence cat­e­gory in the Pil­bara. In De­cem­ber 2015, the num­bers jumped from about 50 a month to 80-90, and have con­tin­ued at that level since.

The re­sult was 880 re­ported of­fences in the past year, an in­crease of 184 on the 2014-15 fig­ure.

How­ever, the num­ber was sig­nif­i­cantly lower than the Kim­ber­ley, which recorded a shock­ing 1948 cases.

Across WA, 21,162 do­mes­tic as­saults were recorded in the past fi­nan­cial year, with 6755 in re­gional ar­eas. Breaches of re­strain­ing or­ders have also in­creased in the Pil­bara re­gion, with 75 more cases reg­is­tered in the past year.

But the rate of po­lice out­comes for breaches had re­duced by 9 per cent.

Non-do­mes­tic as­saults are down, with 370 recorded in 2015-16 com­pared with 501 the pre­vi­ous year.

The Pil­bara recorded 1830 cases com­pared with 1388 for its neigh­bours fur­ther north, though they still recorded a higher rate per 100,000 peo­ple.

That fig­ure also rep­re­sented a rise on last year’s Pil­bara sta­tis­tics.

Yet the Pil­bara theft rate re­mained lower than for both over­all WA and re­gional WA, with the Mid West-Gas­coyne, Gold­fields-Esper­ance and South West Dis­tricts and most of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan area also all record­ing higher rates.

The re­gion had bet­ter re­sults in other prop­erty of­fence cat­e­gories, with mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts, ar­son, prop­erty dam­age and graf­fiti all down on the past fi­nan­cial year. For more, pick up a copy of The Pil­bara News or The North West Tele­graph next week.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

WA Po­lice have re­leased sta­tis­tics on State crime rates.

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