Vi­o­lence on rise

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | News - Kate Camp­bell

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.

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