Sydney Law School invites you to scrutinise crime figures

18 April 2012

Why has burglary in NSW more than halved and motor vehicle theft dropped by almost two-thirds in the last 10 years? The University of Sydney's Institute of Criminology invites you to find out why NSW has experienced massive falls in crime in the last decade.

Following yesterday's release of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research annual crime report the Institute is next week hosting NSW Crime Statistics and Crime Trends, where criminology experts will explain the long-term downward trend in crime and its enormous impact on the community.

"This free public seminar examines the detail behind the data, uncovering why we have seen a huge reduction in common types of crime," says Garner Clancey, Deputy Director at the Sydney Law School's Institute of Criminology and event convenor.

"There's some suggestion drug use among alleged offenders is declining, as documented by the annual Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) report. This may be a factor in overall declining crime rates.

"Vehicle theft has reduced in the face of improved technology and better coordination between jurisdictions to prevent re-birthing or the re-registering of stolen vehicles."

Representatives from the Australian Institute of Criminology (which coordinates the DUMA study), NSW Police Force, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research director Dr Don Weatherburn will offer their take on why they think crime is falling in NSW and whether this trend will continue.

Event details

What: NSW Crime Statistics and Crime Trends

When: 10am to 1pm, Tuesday 24 April

Where: Foyer, level 2, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus. See map and directions

Cost: Free

RSVP: Book now on the online form

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