Malicious damage incidences on the rise

INCIDENCES of malicious damage have increased nearly 80 per cent in the 24 months to September 2013, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures.

While crime statistics in the 16 other major offence categories remained relatively stable, incidences of malicious damage in Gloucester continue to rise, from 31 in the 12 months to September 2012 to 55 in the same period to September 2013.

There were 16 domestic violence convictions in 2013 compared to 13 in 2012 and 17 assaults compared to 15 last year.

The number of indecent assaults had risen from four to seven.

Break and enters into homes have dropped by 50 per cent, from 22 in 2012 to 11 while break and enters into non-dwellings have risen slightly from 13 to 17. 

There were no motor vehicle thefts in the Gloucester local government area in the 12 months to September 2013 compared to six in the same period last year.

Convictions for stealing from a motor vehicle dropped from 10 to seven but stealing from a dwelling jumped from six to 18.

Incidences of fraud fell from 11 in 2012 to three in 2013. Crime was generally down across the Mid North Coast.

Domestic violence assaults fell 12.1 per cent in the past 24 months, break and enters fell 6.2 per cent, break and enters into a non-dwelling fell 20.9 per cent and stealing from a motor vehicle fell 17.3 per cent.

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