Lane Cove Yearly Crime Stats and Trends

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Reports (BOSCAR) produces a quarterly and annual report series examining trends in crime reported to or detected by, the NSW Police Force. These reports focus on statistical trends across 24 months. The data were extracted from the Computerised Operational Policing System of the NSW Police Force.

The latest BOSCAR report shows that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. 

The only major exception to this is sexual assault which rose 9.4% year-on-year to June 2020. A similar upward trend was reported in the previous quarterly report.  

Four offences have trended down over the last 24 months. The remaining 12 offences were stable. The offences trending down were: 

  • Robbery without a weapon (down 12.6%)
  • Steal from motor vehicle (down 12.1%)
  • Steal from person (down 25.4%)
  • Malicious damage to property (down 5.4%) 

In Lane Cove, the above crimes did not trend downwards in the two year period they remained stable.

Crime patterns were significantly interrupted in April 2020 by the pandemic response. In June 2020, recorded incidents of break-ins, car theft and retail theft were still considerably lower than the same period in 2019 

Lane Cove Crime Stats

Below is the Lane Cove Stats for the 2019/2020 year.  There has been a five-year trend increase in the following crimes.

  • Steal from motor vehicle (up 9.9%)
  • Steal from a dwelling (up 9.6%)
  • Malicious damage to property (up 9.7%) 
Lane Cove Offence

 

 

July 2015 – Jun 2016

 

 

 

Jul 2016 – Jun 2017

 

 

 

Jul 2017 – Jun 2018

 

 

Jul 2018 – Jun 2019

 

 

Jul 2019 – Jun 2020

 

 

Rate per 100,000 population Jul 2019 – Jun 2020

 

Two-year trend and annual per cent change

 

Five year trend and average annual per cent change
Lane Cove Murder 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Attempted murder or Murder accessory, conspiracy 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Manslaughter * 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Domestic violence related assault 37 36 36 44 49 124.1 Stable Stable
Lane Cove Non-domestic violence related assault 44 49 46 41 48 121.6 Stable Stable
Lane Cove Assault Police 2 2 0 3 2 5.1 nc nc
Lane Cove Sexual assault 9 15 15 14 10 25.3 nc nc
Lane Cove Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences 7 11 18 26 13 32.9 nc nc
Lane Cove Abduction and kidnapping 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Robbery without a weapon 2 1 1 4 2 5.1 nc nc
Lane Cove Robbery with a firearm 0 0 0 1 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Robbery with a weapon not a firearm 1 0 1 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Blackmail and extortion 2 0 1 2 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Intimidation, stalking and harassment 54 42 56 48 37 93.7 Stable Stable
Lane Cove Other offences against the person 2 5 0 2 1 2.5 nc nc
Lane Cove Break and enter dwelling 83 92 112 90 86 217.8 Stable Stable
Lane Cove Break and enter non-dwelling 27 33 51 39 27 68.4 Down 30.8% Stable
Lane Cove Receiving or handling stolen goods 15 8 4 5 12 30.4 nc nc
Lane Cove Motor vehicle theft 19 27 24 32 26 65.8 Stable nc
Lane Cove Steal from motor vehicle 63 106 106 131 92 233 Stable Up 9.9%
Lane Cove Steal from retail store 20 17 30 47 36 91.2 Stable nc
Lane Cove Steal from dwelling 54 49 63 63 78 197.5 Stable Up 9.6%
Lane Cove Steal from person 7 7 4 6 7 17.7 nc nc
Lane Cove Stock theft 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Fraud 126 150 172 206 190 481.2 Stable Up 10.8%
Lane Cove Other theft 55 61 60 66 63 159.6 Stable Stable
Lane Cove Arson 5 2 5 3 6 15.2 nc nc
Lane Cove Malicious damage to property 98 94 130 117 142 359.6 Stable Up 9.7%
Lane Cove Possession and/or use of cocaine 2 3 1 1 1 2.5 nc nc
Lane Cove Possession and/or use of narcotics 1 1 0 0 3 7.6 nc nc
Lane Cove Possession and/or use of cannabis 24 29 26 22 15 38 nc nc
Lane Cove Possession and/or use of amphetamines 1 3 1 10 4 10.1 nc nc
Lane Cove Possession and/or use of ecstasy 0 1 1 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Possession and/or use of other drugs 3 2 2 7 5 12.7 nc nc
Lane Cove Dealing, trafficking in cocaine 2 1 0 0 1 2.5 nc nc
Lane Cove Dealing, trafficking in narcotics 0 0 0 2 3 7.6 nc nc
Lane Cove Dealing, trafficking in cannabis 1 0 1 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Dealing, trafficking in amphetamines 0 0 1 0 1 2.5 nc nc
Lane Cove Dealing, trafficking in ecstasy 0 0 5 1 1 2.5 nc nc
Lane Cove Dealing, trafficking in other drugs 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Cultivating cannabis 1 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Manufacture drug 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Importing drugs 0 0 1 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Other drug offences 7 3 6 5 6 15.2 nc nc
Lane Cove Prohibited and regulated weapons offences 3 3 8 13 8 20.3 nc nc
Lane Cove Trespass 11 15 19 21 20 50.7 Stable nc
Lane Cove Offensive conduct 5 1 4 0 3 7.6 nc nc
Lane Cove Offensive language 1 1 0 2 2 5.1 nc nc
Lane Cove Criminal intent 4 1 1 1 6 15.2 nc nc
Lane Cove Betting and gaming offences 0 2 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Liquor offences 10 2 6 4 2 5.1 nc nc
Lane Cove Pornography offences 2 0 0 2 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Prostitution offences 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Escape custody 0 0 0 0 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Breach Apprehended Violence Order 13 21 10 23 13 32.9 nc nc
Lane Cove Breach bail conditions 7 5 11 30 23 58.2 Stable nc
Lane Cove Fail to appear 0 0 0 0 1 2.5 nc nc
Lane Cove Resist or hinder officer 5 2 2 4 3 7.6 nc nc
Lane Cove Other offences against justice procedures 0 0 0 1 0 nc nc nc
Lane Cove Transport regulatory offences 33 127 151 157 106 268.4 Down 32.5% Stable
Lane Cove Other offences 26 25 33 38 36 91.2 Stable Stable

 

Property Crime Rose in 2019

If you’re an avid reader of In the Cove’s week in review, you will have noticed an increase in the number of property crimes reported.  A property crime includes home break and enters, car theft, mailbox theft, and other crime where property is stolen.

In January 2019 ITC spoke to the Crime Prevention Officer at the Lower North Shore Command to ascertain if there was a crime spike.  ITC was told that in the first 16 days of 2019 there were 24 property related incidents reported to police in the Lane Cove Area.  ITC was advocating for more police patrols and presence in Lane Cove.

A study by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released in 2019 has found that increasing police numbers can reduce crime, but not necessarily through the apprehension of more offenders.

The study found that a 1% increase in the size of the police force generated:

  • a 0.8% reduction in theft;
  • a 1.1% reduction in car theft;
  • no convincing reductions in other crimes.

The study found no change in arrest rates following the increase in police numbers. This indicates that, in this case, police reduced theft and motor vehicle theft primarily through deterring offenders from committing crime rather than through incapacitation.

In January the North Shore Police Area Command launched a property crime strikeforce. The police announced:

North Shore Police Area Command has launched Strikeforce Willawa which will investigate property crimes occurring across the North Shore after recently witnessing an increase in these types of crimes. Anyone who believes they have information that could assist police is urged to contact Chatswood Police on 9414 8499 or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au).

There has also been an increase in vandalism with offenders targeting car tyres and scratching car panels.

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