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Break and enter in Northern NSW

Media Release

20 September 2000

Media release from Senator, the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released the first national crime atlas, which shows that North-West NSW has very high rates of residential and non-residential break and enters, and in one area, high rates of unarmed robbery.

"Break and enters to people's houses and businesses are a serious problem in North-West NSW," Senator Vanstone said.

"In general, regional areas have low crime rates."

"However, the rate of residential break and enters in the Central Darling, Bourke and Moree Plains areas is an exception. These areas have rates of residential break and enter which are over 1.4 times the NSW average."

"Non-residential break and enters are high in almost all areas of North-Western NSW."

"Businesses in almost all areas of North-Western NSW are over 1.4 times more at risk of break and entry than the NSW average."

"The Central Darling also has rates of unarmed robbery that are over 1.4 times the NSW average."

"As people in metropolitan areas have found, reductions in crime rates require long term effort."

"The community has a role through sensible crime prevention measures. For break and entry this can be as ensuring that the house or business is locked when you are away, even for a short time."

The crime statistics for North-West NSW are a part of the Australian Institute of Criminology's crime mapping project. The Atlas of Crime 2000 was produced by the National Key Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems and the Australian Institute of Criminology Institutes. The atlas analyses rates of armed robbery, unarmed robbery, residential break and enters, non-residential break and enter and motor vehicle theft.