Residential break and enters and vehicle theft in Moree has significantly increased in the two years to June 2017, according to the latest data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).
BOCSAR’s latest quarterly crime report revealed that motor vehicle theft has risen by 96.4 per cent over the two-year period, while break and enter dwelling showed an 88.8 per cent increase.
A total of 423 break and enter dwelling offences were recorded in the 12 months to June this year, up from 224 the previous year. Similarly, there have been 108 incidents of motor vehicle theft in the 12 months to June 2017, compared to only 55 the year before.
Rates of stealing from a motor vehicle and malicious damage to property also went up, by 52 and 38.9 per cent respectively, over the two years to June 2017.
Barwon Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector David Silversides said the rise in crime could be down to a number of factors.
“Often it comes down to what potential offenders are at large at the time, parental supervision of young offenders, and other social factors,” he said.
“Property crime is always of concern to us and we task appropriately based on the information we receive.”
Det. Insp. Silversides said there are a number of measures residents can undertake to prevent property crime.
“Break and enter dwellings and stealing from a motor vehicle can be reduced from things as simple as lighting, CCTV, having a dog in the yard, making sure doors and windows are locked at night and even in the daytime, making sure the security door is locked,” he said.
“Parking your car in a well-lit area and making sure any items in the vehicle are out of sight, as well as not leaving keys in vehicles.”
While the rest of the major crime categories remained stable over a two-year period, 13 of the 17 categories saw an increase in the 12 months to June 2017.
All categories except murder remain above the state average, with robbery with a firearm nearly 11 times the NSW rate.
Break and enter dwellings and non-dwellings are eight times the state average, while robbery with a weapon not a firearm and malicious damage to property are more than five times the rate of NSW.
Det. Insp. Silversides encourages the community to notify police about suspicious activity and report any crime to Moree Police Station on 6757 0799, or call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.