Fewer burglaries, but surges in stealing and acts of violence

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer

Despite a string of burglaries in the region in recent months, the number of recorded break-ins is expected to drop for the 2018-19 financial year in Narrogin.

Eighty dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries offences were recorded between June 2018 and March 2019.

This compares with a total of 144 in the 2017-18, according to statistics released by WA Police last month.

Stealing and violent offences, however, have surged.

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In the first three quarters of this financial year, 173 stealing offences were recorded, while there were only 165 offences in the entire 2017-18 financial year.

Motor vehicle thefts are expected to hit their highest numbers since 2009-10, with 10 being recorded so far, compared with 13 in 2017-18.

Like stealing offences, Narrogin is set to exceed more acts of violence acts than any other financial year since 2009-10 — the earliest year statistics for individual towns have been made available.

Between June 2018 and March 2019, 94 assault offences against family members were recorded, compared with 74 in 2017-18.

This follows a plea from Narrogin police to people experiencing domestic violence, after at least three Narrogin men were jailed last month alone for assaults on their partners.

Assaults on non-family members could also hit their highest levels since 2010-11, when 75 were recorded.

There were 44 instances of assault on non-family members in the first three quarters of 2018-19, compared with 54 in 2017-18.

Increased capabilities from WA police to carry out roadside drug testing appears to be acting as a deterrent to illicit drug-use in the community.

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There has been a major drop in drug offences, with 131 drug-related crimes recorded so far compared with 310 in 2017-18.

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