UPPER Hunter MP Michael Johnsen has commended police in the Hunter Valley Local Area Command (LAC) for their exceptional work in fighting local crime.
Mr Johnsen said the most recent quarterly data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) is a testament to the proactive work of local officers in detecting and preventing felonies.
“In the 24 months to September 2017, only one of the 17 major offence categories showed a significant upward trend across NSW, while seven categories showed downward trends,” he said.
Mr Johnsen said local statistics from the electorate followed the state-wide trends, with most offences remaining stable or trending down.
“Locally, it is very reassuring to see downward trends in the following major crime categories,” he added.
“In the Muswellbrook LGA (local government area), break and enter non-dwelling is down 31.6 per cent, steal from dwelling has dropped 27.6 per cent and malicious damage to property decreased 15.4 per cent.
“Stealing from motor vehicle is down 35.5 per cent in the Upper Hunter LGA.
“This latest data from BOCSAR reflects the commitment and dedication of our local police to keeping our community safe.
“I would like to thank the Upper Hunter community for doing its bit by reporting crime, working closely with our local police officers, and remaining vigilant.
“These statistics signal a major step forward in the battle to combat crime, and with a streamlined and modernised policing structure coming into full effect state-wide early next year, the government will continue to ensure that our police response to all serious crime will be bolstered in rural and regional NSW.”