Mansfield crime on the decline
Four per cent decrease in the last 12 months
THE crime rate in Mansfield has dropped by almost four per cent over the last year, according to figures from the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA).
Mansfield police recorded a total of 453 incidents in the 12 months ending in March, 18 fewer than the 471 recorded the year before.
Of those processed, some 272 incidents were recorded for property theft and deception, with 74 cases for crimes against a person and 45 cases for public order and security.
Only 16 drug related offences were recorded over the last 12 months.
Senior Sergeant Damien Keegan of Mansfield police said that any reduction in crime was good news.
“A decrease is a decrease – it’s great going forward,” Snr Sgt Keegan said.
Snr Sgt Keegan said the spike in 2017 – which rose 11 per cent from 2016 – was due to a spate of break-ins across the shire.
“We unfortunately had a lot of burglaries within the area – that’s where our stats were up,” he said.
“Now, we are getting a lot more information from the community – what they’ve seen around town.
“Those small little bits of the jigsaw puzzle greatly assist us in solving crime.”
Snr Sgt Keegan said that many of the thefts in Mansfield were committed “by people feeding addictions; alcohol, drugs, gambling”, but that the new programs being run by the Mansfield Hospital (Restart) should see a reduction in cases over the coming months.
“If we can link those committing the crime and those with addictions into these services – it’ll be prevention in the long run,” he said.
“We can assist them (offenders) as a community, with their addiction, and what we will hopefully see is a further decrease in our crime.”
Over the next 12 months, Snr Sgt Keegan said local officers would be continuing to target illegal deer poaching as well as encouraging the community to report suspicious behaviour.
The Benalla, Strathbogie and Wangaratta shires also recorded small decreases in the crime rate for the same period, with Murrindindi experiencing a slight rise in crime over the last 12 months.
The Crime Statistics Agency publishes recorded crime statistics every quarter.
Access to the statistics on criminal incidents and offences can be found at www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au.