THE latest crime statistics reveal a rising trend in break and enters and damage to property in the Gloucester local government area.
The latest BOCSAR (Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research) stats released last week reveal in the 12 months to March this year the number of assaults, both domestic and non-domestic, rose.
The incidences of break and enters into non-dwellings, stealing from a dwelling and malicious damage to property also rose from the previous 12 months.
There was a near three-fold increase in the number of break and enters into non-dwellings with 23 recorded incidents.
Just eight were recorded in the 12 months to March 2013.
The number of malicious damage incidents rose from 39 to 54 while the number of incidents of stealing from a dwelling climbed from six to 16.
However, the number of instances of motor vehicle theft fell from three to zero in the 12 months to March 2014.
The number of domestic violence related assaults climbed in the past year from 12 to 19, while the number of non-domestic assaults also increased from 14 to 20.
Gloucester remained below the State average in all but one of the 17 major crime categories.
The instances of break and enters into non dwellings in the shire were 2.4 times the NSW average for every 100,000 people.
Crime rates across the Mid North Coast also remained relatively stable with the lone exception being a 17.8 per cent increase in the number of indecent assaults to March this year.