Exhortations from members of the Blayney community to ‘Lock up your stuff’ have proven to be good advice with property offences in the Blayney Local Government Area (LGA) climbing steeply in the 12 months from April 2016 to March 2017, according to data released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).
Break and enter dwelling has seen an increase from 29 cases in the period April 2015 to March 2016 to 50 cases in the same period 2016 -17.
Break and enter non dwelling saw a smaller rise from 17 to 24 over the 12 month period.
That averages out at about one break and enter every 5 days, with the total number of break and enters, of both types, for Blayney LGA being 74.
Stealing, be it from a dwelling or car, have all increased, although thefts from retail stores has seen a decrease from 6 to 4.
Unlocked motor cars, or those with valuables in clear sight, still offer easy pickings for the criminal element with steal from motor vehicle offences rising from 19 to 33.
Stealing from a dwelling, where an intruder doesn’t need to break in because the house is left unlocked, was up from 14 cases to 24.
From April 2016 to March 2017 the number of stealing offences, across all categories, is 61.
Also of concern is the increase in violence related incidents in the Blayney LGA, however there has been a decrease in domestic violence related offences.
Those offences have decreased from 23 to 16 however non-domestic violence related assault has risen from 18 to 23 and sexual assault from 6 to 9.
Fraud also saw an increase from 18 to 26 incidences.
For the first time in many years, a well reported incident at a Blayney service station saw the robbery without a weapon and robbery with a firearm categories see one point against them.
Compared to other centres though, Blayney is doing well.
Dubbo leads in every category with 675 assaults, followed by Orange with 549 and Bathurst with 457.
Dubbo break and enters were 846 where Orange was 504 and Bathurst 337.
Wellington’s break and enter numbers were 335, Cowra was 184 and Oberon was only 21.
1525 cases of stealing were recorded in Dubbo, more than double that of Bathurst with 693. Orange chalked up 859 for the same period.
Both Bathurst and Orange had higher numbers of malicious damage to property with 576 and 581 respectively, Dubbo was relatively low with 379. Blayney had 53.