Assaults, theft rise in region
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.
WA Police have released statistics on State crime rates.