Stealing and family-related assault rates at record high

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
WA Police crime rates update
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Stealing and family assault offences in Narrogin hit a record high last financial year, according to recently published police data.

The WA Police Force Crime Statistics report showed assaults against immediate family increased by nearly 70 per cent, with 125 offences recorded in the 2018-19 financial year, compared to 74 in 2017-18.

This was the highest number of family-related assaults since 2010-11, the earliest financial year in which statistics are available for individual suburbs and towns.

Earlier this year, Narrogin police made a plea to people experiencing domestic violence, after several men had been jailed for assaults on their partners.

The number of stealing offences in Narrogin had also peaked within the last decade. According to the crime statistics, 250 stealing offences were recorded in 2018-19, an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the year before.

Following a spate of break-ins in Narrogin in the first six months of 2019, dwelling burglaries increased by 3 per cent, while non-dwelling burglaries increased by seven per cent.

Overall, however, the data showed the total number of crimes in Narrogin fell by 3 per cent.

Drug crime significantly declined, with 104 fewer offences recorded in 2018-19 — more than 33 per cent less than the previous year.

Sexual offences recorded in the last financial year fell by nearly 65 per cent.

Narrogin Senior Sergeant John Bouwman said the prior increase of sexual offences in 2017-2018 was due to historical events brought to the courts.

Other criminal offences including family and non-family threatening behaviour, graffiti, property damage, and robbery also experienced a drop in reported incidents.

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