Crime data reveals another increase in Northern Grampians

IN the latest release of crime data, the Northern Grampians Shire Council recorded an overall increase, despite a decrease for Victoria. The Crime Statistics Agency released the latest crime statistics for the year ending on June 30, 2021, with an average of 10 offences every day across the region. There were 1259 offences recorded, up from 1079 in the previous year. Overall, there was a 16.7 per cent increase in offences recorded for Northern Grampians. The most prevalent offence recorded was concerning family violence order breaches. There were 215 offences recorded up from 87 the previous year, a drastic jump of more than 120 offences. IN OTHER NEWS: The other most commons crimes were drug possession (115), criminal damage (102), other theft (65) and sexual offences (58). The most common place for an offence was in a house, this year saw 397 offences recorded at a home. Most offences occurred in Stawell, with 777 offences recorded. The second highest was in St Arnaud with 190 which decreased from the previous year (210). Acting Superintendent Karl Curran for Western Division 4 said the crime in the region “remains steady.” He said it was disappointing to see breaches of family violence orders. “Some of the lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions have impacted people not only financially but also with not having the ability to move around which has caused tension in relationships,” he said. “We are concerned about that.” PREVIOUS STATS: Northern Grampians local government area saw another increase in crimes recorded in 2020/21 He noted that some breaches will be electronic and not in person but are still worrisome. “We still experience a lot of family violence in our communities,” Acting Superintendent Curran said. He said before lockdown, police were proactive with contacting repeat victims to make them as safe as possible. Acting Superintendent Curran said the one critical piece of advice is to lock their vehicles and homes. “A thing of concern is the number of vehicles and houses that have been broken in to that have been unlocked,” he said. “Police can’t be on every corner; we want to work with the community to avoid crimes occurring and one of those simple steps is to lock your vehicles, don’t leave valuables inside your car, don’t leave keys out in plain site in an unlocked house.” The two areas that saw a decrease in offences recorded was in offences of criminal damage and other theft. Criminal damage went from 104 in 2020 to 102 in 2021, and other theft dropped from 69 to 65. If you can see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling Stawell’s story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.

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IN the latest release of crime data, the Northern Grampians Shire Council recorded an overall increase, despite a decrease for Victoria.

The Crime Statistics Agency released the latest crime statistics for the year ending on June 30, 2021, with an average of 10 offences every day across the region.

There were 1259 offences recorded, up from 1079 in the previous year. Overall, there was a 16.7 per cent increase in offences recorded for Northern Grampians.

The most prevalent offence recorded was concerning family violence order breaches.

There were 215 offences recorded up from 87 the previous year, a drastic jump of more than 120 offences.

The other most commons crimes were drug possession (115), criminal damage (102), other theft (65) and sexual offences (58).

The most common place for an offence was in a house, this year saw 397 offences recorded at a home.

Most offences occurred in Stawell, with 777 offences recorded. The second highest was in St Arnaud with 190 which decreased from the previous year (210).

Acting Superintendent Karl Curran for Western Division 4 said the crime in the region “remains steady.”

He said it was disappointing to see breaches of family violence orders.

“Some of the lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions have impacted people not only financially but also with not having the ability to move around which has caused tension in relationships,” he said.

“We are concerned about that.”

He noted that some breaches will be electronic and not in person but are still worrisome.

“We still experience a lot of family violence in our communities,” Acting Superintendent Curran said.

He said before lockdown, police were proactive with contacting repeat victims to make them as safe as possible.

Acting Superintendent Curran said the one critical piece of advice is to lock their vehicles and homes.

“A thing of concern is the number of vehicles and houses that have been broken in to that have been unlocked,” he said.

“Police can’t be on every corner; we want to work with the community to avoid crimes occurring and one of those simple steps is to lock your vehicles, don’t leave valuables inside your car, don’t leave keys out in plain site in an unlocked house.”

The two areas that saw a decrease in offences recorded was in offences of criminal damage and other theft.

Criminal damage went from 104 in 2020 to 102 in 2021, and other theft dropped from 69 to 65.

If you can see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Stawell Times-News, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue telling Stawell’s story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great town.

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