An increase in family violence is responsible for an increase in assaults of almost 19 per cent.FIONA BROOM March 1, 2013 4:10am
Family violence is responsible for an almost 19 per cent jump in assaults in the region and is a ‘‘substantial driver’’ in an overall crime increase of 1.3 per cent, according to police.
The latest crime statistics released yesterday show in the 12 months to December, reported assaults increased 18.9 per cent, while crimes against the person went up 14.8 per cent.
Inspector Ian Bull said about 50 per cent of all reported assaults occurred within the family home.
‘‘The increased reporting of family violence is clearly a reflection of the level of confidence victims of family violence have in the ability of police and partner agencies to provide on-going support,’’ he said.
‘‘It is also important to note the dedicated Family Violence Unit based at Shepparton has been working very hard to deal with recidivist family violence offenders and repeat victims in an effort to stop the cycle of violence continuing.’’
Recorded drug offences increased from 302 in 2011 to 445 last year.
But Insp Bull said the year-on-year figures revealed some encouraging results.
Property offences decreased significantly, with non-residential burglaries dropping 21.8 per cent and thefts from motor vehicles down 37.4 per cent.
‘‘I am particularly delighted that the efforts of local police to educate the community in terms of vehicle security and the efforts of our local Neighbourhood Watch volunteers in conducting parked car audits are now paying off,’’ Insp Bull said.
‘‘From a traffic perspective, I am pleased to report our injury collisions are trending down and we have had no fatalities within the municipality for several months.’’
He said targeted operations would be carried out in the coming weeks and months focusing on driver-impairment issues including drug and drink driving, and mobile phone usage.
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
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