Violence on rise
Domestic violence, fraud and drug offences are the crimes that increased most in WA over the past decade.
WA Police data reveals family violence offences — assaults and threatening behaviour — soared 155 per cent from 8761 in 2007-08 to 22,339 in 2016-17.
This was followed by a jump of 115 per cent in fraud crimes and a 107 per cent rise in drug offences. The top-five crime increases was rounded out by breaches of violence restraining orders (up nearly 90 per cent) as well as sex offences and threatening behaviour committed by non-family (both up 24 per cent).
Graffiti crime fell the most, down 88 per cent in the past decade.
A revamped crime statistics portal is part of new Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting practices that bring WA into line with other States.