Northern Beaches Councillor David Walton, who is a former senior police officer and served as Crime Manager for the Northern Beaches, thanked his former colleagues in the NSW Police Force for their continued hard work in keeping crime rates stable or reducing across the major categories on the Northern Beaches.

New crime data shows the Northern Beaches is a safer place after a twelve month decline in many criminal offences across the Northern Beaches.

Data released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research for the twelve months to June 2020 shows residents of the Northern Beaches are around half as likely to be a victim of crime compared to the rest of NSW.

A total of 5,589 criminal offences were recorded in the Northern Beaches from July 2019 until June 2020. This compares to 6,860 in the previous twelve month period.

People were most likely to be the victims of fraud, with 1,171 offences recorded, and least likely to be murdered or robbed at gunpoint, both of which recorded no incidents.

The only crime statistic to increase was robbery without a weapon, which increased by two-thirds over 2019 numbers, from 24 to 40 incidents. A table containing data for the major crime categories is shown below.

“The Northern Beaches is generally a safer part of Sydney to live, when looking at these crime statistics,” said Cr Walton.

“The latest crime statistics suggest that the COVID-19 lockdowns contributed to some reduction in crime rates during the first half of 2020. More people working from home would have contributed to less property crime.

“As well, reduced crime would be associated with the reduced alcohol related anti-social behaviour of late night activities and crowed venues. Crime statistics tend to show increased crime in and around some types of premises serving alcohol.

“We also know that new crime fighting technologies like improved DNA analysis, testing and linking of crime scenes to offenders have been driving down crime rates for over a decade now.

“However a word of warning as we phase out of extra government support in the form of JobKeeper and JobSeeker and the reality of higher unemployment become apparent later this year and early next year.

“History and experience tells us that recessions, with high unemployment rates, transition into higher property crime rates. This includes stealing, break enter and steal offences and other property crimes.

“The NSW Police Commissioner is now planning on how to focus the Police Forces’ attention on reducing the negative impact of higher crime rates from recessions, to keep the community safe.

“The Northern Beaches Council also has a role to play in this regard in working closely with the Northern Beaches Police Area Command in keeping the Northern Beaches one of the safest and best places to live in Sydney,” said Cr Walton.

 

Northern Beaches crime data for past 2 years

Year to June 2020

Murder

Domestic violence related assault

Non-domestic violence related assault

Sexual assault

Indecent assault, act of indecency

Robbery without a weapon

Robbery with a firearm

Robbery with other weapon

Break and enter dwelling

Break and enter non-dwelling

Motor vehicle theft

Steal from motor vehicle

Steal from retail store

Steal from dwelling

Steal from person

Fraud

Malicious damage to property

Year to June 2019

Murder

Domestic violence related assault

Non-domestic violence related assault

Sexual assault

Indecent assault, act of indecency

Robbery without a weapon

Robbery with a firearm

Robbery with other weapon

Break and enter dwelling

Break and enter non-dwelling

Motor vehicle theft

Steal from motor vehicle

Steal from retail store

Steal from dwelling

Steal from person

Fraud

Malicious damage to property

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, comparison of crime incidents for the Northern Beaches over the past two years.

Image: Supplied (Cr David Walton when serving as Northern Beaches Crime Manager for NSW Police)