Latest BOCSAR figures show crime rates fall across Parramatta

The number of stolen cars as well as break and enters in Parramatta has dropped, new figures show.

The latest quarterly figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research also revealed the number of thefts from houses has also declined.

In the two years to December 2015, break and enters have fallen by 15.5 per cent, while the number of cars stolen in the area decreased by 18.7 per cent.

Stealing from dwellings also fell by more than 17 per cent.

All other major offences remained stable.

Seven Hills MP Mark Taylor said the downward trend for crime in the area is a major result for Parramatta police.

“I credit these results to the proactive work of our local police and their efforts to investigate and prosecute crime across our community,” Mr Taylor said.

However, it wasn’t all good news for the area.

In 2015, Parramatta had the third highest number of murders in Sydney with 5 recorded.

Parramatta also registered more than 1600 domestic violence related assaults in the same time period, the fourth largest in Sydney.

Across the state, all major crimes were stable or down, except thefts from retail stores, which increased 6.7 per cent.

The biggest decrease in NSW came from robbery with a firearm, which fell by more than 41 per cent.

Robberies with weapons that weren’t a firearm also registered a decline of 20.7 per cent.

But it isn’t all good news for the state’s crime figures.

Cocaine charges up: Drug charges for cocaine and amphetamines have risen in the latest BOCSAR figures. Picture: NSW Police Media

Cocaine charges up: Drug charges for cocaine and amphetamines have risen in the latest BOCSAR figures. Picture: NSW Police Media

Drug possession charges recorded an increase, with amphetamine possession rising 30.6 per cent over the last two years, while charges relating to cocaine rose 35.9 per cent.

Cannabis use was also up, while all other drug offences were stable.

Mr Taylor said there’s still work to be done across NSW to reduce the number of drug charges.

“The secondary crime statistics relating to drug possession remain a concern and highlights the need to continue to implement our targeted plan to stamp out drugs and support affected communities,” he said.

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