The New England Police District has made a significant headway in reducing crime in the region, with the latest crime snapshot showing positive outcomes.
The latest quarterly crime figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealed that violent offences have remained stable in the New England and North West region over the past five years, while property offences have seen a 5.1 per cent drop.
In the last two years, property offences have fallen by 16.5 per cent in the region.
Armidale has seen a 7.5 per cent reduction in property offences over the past five years, however the rate is still nearly two times the NSW average.
In the 24 months to June 2020, there has been a significant drop (39.1 per cent) in indecent assaults and other sexual offences in Armidale.
Moree has welcomed a 4.9 per cent downturn in violent crime, however it's still three times the state average. Property offences have remained stable in Moree in the last five years, but are still 3.7 times the NSW average.
Interestingly, in the last two years to June 2020, fraud cases have fallen by 25.8 per cent in Moree. All other crime categories remained stable.
In the 12 months to June, however, Moree saw a spike in armed robberies. There were six robberies with a weapon and two with a firearm in the year to June 2020, up from zero in both categories the previous year.
Crime has remained stable in Inverell over the past five years, however in the last two years to June, the town has seen a big 42.9 per cent drop in the number of people stealing from vehicles.
Property offences have fallen by 10 per cent in Glen Innes Severn over the last five years, while violent offences have dropped by 6.8 per cent.
Glen Innes Severn has remained stable over the past two years in all crime categories.
And while crime in Tenterfield has remained stable over the past five years, the town has seen a 38.8 per cent reduction in property offences in the 24 months to June.
Despite the downturn in crime, the New England and North West is double the NSW average in sexual assaults and business break-ins, and two and a half times the state rate for breaking into homes, based on figures in the 12 months to June.