Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward have commended police in the Shoalhaven Local Area Command and the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command for their exceptional work in fighting local crime.

Mr Ward said in the 24 months to September 2017, only one of the 17 major offence categories showed a significant upward trend across NSW, while seven categories showed downward trends.

“Local statistics from the Shoalhaven followed the state-wide trends, with offences remaining stable and two showing a significant trending down,” Mr Ward said.

Mr Ward said that across our region, it is very reassuring to see downward trends in the following crime categories:

· Assault – non-domestic violence related is down 48.4% (Kiama)
· Assault – non-domestic violence related is down 16.9% (Shellharbour)
· Assault – non-domestic violence related is down 6.5% (Shoalhaven)
· Steal from motor vehicle is down 23.5% (Shellharbour)
· Steal from retail store is down 25.9% (Shoalhaven)

“This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe,” Mr Ward said.

Mrs Hancock said that the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a testament to the proactive work of local police in detecting and preventing crime.

“The region as a whole also recorded downward trends in two categories with dwelling break and enters down by 20.7% and steal from retail store for the region down by 32.9%.

“Our region also had the lowest recorded number of incidences of domestic violence compared with the rest of the state, with only 487 in the 12 months up to September 2017, down from 511 the previous year.

“Looking at just the Shoalhaven the number of recorded domestic violence incidents in the 12 months up to September 2017 was 355, down from 391 the previous year.

“We are seeing a reduction in domestic violence rates not just for the Shoalhaven but the region and it is very reassuring to know we are making a difference and starting to change attitudes.

“The Southern Region, including the Shoalhaven, will also have its own Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Team rolled out in 2018, which will help to further reduce the domestic violence incidents.

“We have seen improvement but we can always do more and will continue to work towards keeping people safe.

“I would like to thank the South Coast community for doing their bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant,” Mrs Hancock said.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said for the first time in nine years, the state’s recorded incidents of domestic violence assault have fallen.

“The last time we saw domestic violence assault rates drop was in 2008, so it’s an incredible results and great news for all the people working tirelessly at the coalface to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account.

“These statistics signal a major step forward in the battle to combat this scourge, and with a streamlined and modernised policing structure coming into full effect state-wide early next year, our response to domestic violence and all serious crime will be bolstered.”