Drops in crime, but break-ins steady | Interactive

Cowra has seen a significant drop in crime with malicious damage down 20 percent, and reports of domestic violence related assault also down. 

Despite a fall of 20 percent in the 24 months to March 2017, malicious damage remains the most investigated major crime by police in Cowra.

The latest round of Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows that in the 12 months to March, there were 49 less reports of malicious damage with police called to 201 incidents.

Domestic violence related assault dropped by 30 incidents to 58 reports.

Car theft also fell from 28 reports in the year to March 2016 to 20 during the following 12 months.

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson praised the work of the NSW Police Force and the community.

“This report again highlights the courage and commitment of the men and women in blue across this electorate,” Ms Hodgkinson said. “I will continue to fight to ensure our police numbers are maintained.

“The report also reinforces how critical the role of the community is in acting as the eyes and ears of police.

“The message is clear, if you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, report it immediately.”

While there’s been a state-wide falling trend in break-ins to homes, Cowra has seen a minor rise of 17 incidents in the 12 months to March.

Police investigated 148 incidents compared to 131 reports in the year prior.

Canobolas Local Area Command's crime manager Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick. Photo by Jude Keogh.

Canobolas Local Area Command's crime manager Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick. Photo by Jude Keogh.

According to the report, Cowra police investigated more break-ins to homes than similar sized regional towns Parkes, Forbes and Young.

In Parkes, there were 79 incidents of home break-ins in the year to March 2017, while in Forbes there were 86 and Young had 46.

Reports of cars having goods stolen also rose 10 incidents to 78, while theft from businesses had three more reports to 64 in the 12 months to March.

Commander Superintendent Shane Cribb of the Orange police says people living in the Canobolas Local Area Command (LAC) should be feeling safe.

“If you live in this community at the moment, in this command, whilst we’re never going to get zero per cent crime, you should be feeling very safe,” Superintendent Cribb said. 

The LAC’s crime manager Detective Inspector Bruce Grassick said some of the crime reductions were achieved by targeting repeat offenders.