Break and enters more than double

Property offences in Tumut have doubled over the past two years, according to the 2016 annual report from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

In particular, break and enter dwelling is up 240 per cent, with steal from dwelling up 119 per cent.

Detective Inspector Scott Wilkinson of the Cootamundra Local Area Command, which includes Tumut, said that the statistics related to 2015/16, and that several prominent arrests had been made in relation to break and enter sprees since then.

“Police from Cootamundra Local Area Command acknowledges there has been an increase in some categories of property offences in and around Tumut,” he said.

“We will continue to conduct high-visibility and intelligence-based operations to target property offenders in that area.

“We encourage anyone to report suspicious behaviour and be wary of people attempting to sell you any stolen items by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

Break and enter dwelling is down 6 per cent across the state, and Tumut had the biggest increase of any area in NSW.

However, it should be noted that these statistics measure the increase in crime from whatever the rate was at the start of 2016, and the Tumut rate of break and enters is still only slightly above the NSW average for this crime.

The area has had a massive increase in the rate of this offence, but even after that increase there aren’t significantly more break and enters here than elsewhere.

Even with the 240 per cent increase, the rate of break and enters in Tumut is 1.7 against the NSW average of 1.

For comparison, Wagga Wagga is 2.9 against the NSW average.

There were 75 instances of break and enter from dwelling in Tumut in 2016, against 22 in 2015.

In 2016 there were 79 domestic violence related assaults, 46 other assaults, six sexual assaults, 12 indecent assaults, zero cases of robbery without a weapon, zero cases of robbery with a firearm, one robbery with a weapon not a firearm, 42 instances of break and enter from a non-dwelling, 23 motor vehicle thefts, 102 instances of steal from motor vehicle, 27 cases of steal from retail store, 79 cases of steal from dwelling, 4 instances of steal from person, 43 frauds, and 188 malicious damage to property offences.

There were three offences where the rate of the crime per 100,000 people in Tumut was double the NSW average in 2016: break and enter from non-dwelling at 2.4; steal from dwelling at 2.5; and malicious damage to property at 2.0.