Theft offences have almost doubled in the Central Gold- fields Shire since 2017 according to recently released data from the Crime Statistics Agency.
While official crime figures are yet to be released for 2018, the latest data, recorded for the year ending September 2018, suggests crime was on the rise in Central Goldfields over the past 12 months.
The number of criminal incidents (a criminal event that may include one or more offences, alleged offenders and/or victims, and that is recorded on a single date and at one location) decreased in Victoria by 1.6 percent during the 2018 period, while Central Goldfields’ figures jumped 15.5 percent.
Aside from a slight dip in 2012 and 2014, Central Goldfields’ criminal incidents rate has been rising steadily since 2009.
Offences recorded (any criminal act or omission by a person or organisation for which a penalty could be imposed by the Victorian legal system) by police also rose in the Central Goldfields, growing from 1232 in 2017 to 1611 in 2018.
Maryborough Police Acting Senior Sergeant Craig Gaffee said he is disappointed with the overall increase in crime.
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