Crime rate plummets

COOMA has seen a steady reduction in crime rates, according to the latest findings from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

In the past two years to March 2014, crime has fallen across the Monaro, with a decrease of nearly 40 per cent in home robberies. Cooma has seen one of the greatest reductions in home thefts across the state.

Malicious damage to property has fallen by 23 per cent, in the two-year period from March 2012, to March 2014.

When comparing the other major offence categories; Cooma's crime rate in relation to the state average has remained stable in the year to March 2014.

The past year has seen a fall in the number of criminal incidents occurring in Cooma. There were 105 reported accounts of malicious damage to property between March of 2013 and 2014. This is a decrease of 32 incidents from 2012 to 2013, which saw 137 offences.

Another telling decrease in crime statistics occurred in home thefts. In 2012-13, there were 37 burglary cases. Through a greater Police presence and more awareness across the community this fell to only 23 instances in the last 12 months.

The largest fall in crime numbers, in a numerical sense, can be seen in 44 less reported cases of theft from a motor vehicle. Fifty-three thefts took place last year, while for the 12 months prior, 97 thefts occurred.

Break and enters fell across Cooma, while elsewhere in the state, many local government areas experienced a rise.

The number of non-domestic related assaults remained the same across the time periods, with 57 accounts in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Generally, Cooma has seen a fall in the other major crime categories, and is performing much better than most other regional areas.

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