Criminal offences in the Central Goldfields Shire dropped dramatically by 16.4 percent last year with theft offences nearly halved for most of 2019, new data has revealed.
Official figures for the year are yet to be released by the Crime Statistics Agency but the most recent data, covering September 2018 to September 2019, saw a huge shift in crime rates.
The number of offences recorded — any criminal act or omission by a person or organisation for which a penalty could be imposed by the Victorian legal system — dropped by 16.4 percent, with 1346 offences recorded for that period compared to 1610 during the previous 12 months.
The shire’s criminal incident rate — a criminal event that may include multiple offences, alleged offenders and/or victims that is recorded on a single date at one location — also experienced a decrease, dropping by just over 11 percent during the reporting period.
A total of 886 incidents were recorded during that time compared to 1001 during the previous 12 months.
Goldfields Police Service Area local area commander Inspector Donna Mitchell said she’s happy with the latest results.
“We’re very happy with it,” she said.
“I only started working in Maryborough in April last year so it’s hard for me to say why the rates have gone down. Since I’ve been here we’ve ensured that we’ve got all our resources covered but there’s really nothing in particular that we’ve been doing differently.
“I do know we’ve made some arrests which would definitely have had an impact on the lower rate.”
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