STILL ‘SAFE’

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

It’s been 13 years since De­niliquin and dis­trict was recog­nised as the ‘safest town in NSW’ based on state crime statis­tics.

While the lat­est statis­tics show our crime lev­els have in­creased since then — in­clud­ing in the most talked about cat­e­gory of the time, rob­bery — in most cases our crime statis­tics are in the bot­tom 40 across the state.

Crime in the Ed­ward River Coun­cil area has dropped in eight of the 17 ma­jor crime cat­e­gories and re­mained stable in two, with both mur­der and rob­bery with a firearm re­main­ing at zero.

In the crime ar­eas that did not see an im­prove­ment, most in­creases were by only four in­ci­dences or less.

Ed­ward River Coun­cil Mayor Norm Bren­nan said while the dis­trict’s crime statis­tics are not as low as re­ported in Au­gust 2005 — which re­sulted in na­tional cov­er­age of De­niliquin as the ‘‘state’s safest place to live’’ — he said com­par­a­tively the lo­cal area was still one of the safest places to be.

‘‘Holis­ti­cally, I could not be hap­pier with the re­sults and I think we are still a very safe town,’’ Cr Bren­nan said.

‘‘I have just spent Christ­mas in Mel­bourne — where I lived for 40 years be­fore com­ing to the lo­cal area — and I must say I don’t feel the same level of com­fort as I do in De­niliquin and dis­trict.

‘‘I think when you look at the over­all fig­ures and trends, we should be pleased with the ar­eas that are show­ing a de­crease.

‘‘At re­gional dis­trict meet­ings the coun­cil at­tends reg­u­larly, po­lice are telling us they are con­cen­trat­ing on cer­tain ar­eas and get­ting re­sults.

‘‘It’s great to see a fair num­ber of crime statis­tics have been re­duced or re­mained at zero, and on the other side of the coin those which have in­creased have been by a min­i­mal amount.

‘‘One thing I can say I am very pleased with is the phys­i­cal pres­ence of po­lice in our com­mu­nity. It might be hard to say what im­pact it is hav­ing in tan­gi­ble terms, but it’s cer­tainly very re­as­sur­ing.’’

When De­niliquin was re­ferred to as the safest town in Aus­tralia in 2005, a big part of the praise was that there were no rob­beries in the De­niliquin re­gion.

In the lat­est Bureau of Crime Statis­tics and Re­search re­port there were in­creases in two of the three rob­bery cat­e­gories — rob­bery with­out a weapon (zero to one) and rob­bery with a weapon other than a firearm (zero to one).

Other crime fig­ures high­lighted at the time were a re­duc­tion in break and en­ters of dwellings from 76 in 2000 to just 22 in 2004 and a re­duc­tion in break and en­ter of a nondwelling from 85 to 28 in the same pe­riod.

In the lat­est re­port break and en­ter of a dwelling was at a sim­i­lar level with 29 cases re­ported. It was a re­duc­tion of seven from the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

While break and en­ter of a non-dwelling was lower this year com­pared to 2005, the 22 in­ci­dents recorded in the lat­est re­port was an in­crease by three from the per­vi­ous 12 months.

The big­gest im­prove­ment in the Ed­ward River Coun­cil area was is in the num­ber of steal from a dwelling, which dropped by 19 be­tween 2017 and 2018 — from 48 to 29.

Also de­creas­ing by seven in 2018 was the num­ber of in­de­cent as­saults or sex­ual of­fences, with 11 recorded in the 2018 re­port.

Other re­duc­tions were recorded in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­lated as­saults (from 47 to 43), sex­ual as­saults (16 to 13), mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft (seven to six), steal from a re­tail store (21 to 19), and steal from a per­son (two to one).

The most sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the Ed­ward River Coun­cil area was a jump of eight in the num­ber of fraud in­ci­dents, from 24 to 32.

All other in­creases we by four or less in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing non-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as­sault (from 34 to 37), steal from mo­tor ve­hi­cle (24 to 32) and ma­li­cious dam­age (105 to 106).

Lo­cal po­lice were un­able to com­ment on the statis­tics.

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