Home security on rise as intruder risk falls

19 April 2012

There has now been 11 years of consistent decline in some property crimes, says the Institute of Criminology's Garner Clancey.

Commenting on the latest New South South Crime Statistics in an editorial piece for the Newcastle Herald, the Deputy Director of the Institute says the decrease has been significant.

"We are not just talking minor falls,"he asserts.

"In 2001 there were 79,345 break-and-enter dwelling offences committed in NSW.

"In 2011, this number had fallen to 39,407, representing a fall of about 50 per cent in 11 years.

"In 2001 there were 53,767 motor vehicle thefts recorded in NSW.

"In 2011 this had fallen to 19,548. This represents a decline of about 64 per cent in motor vehicle theft over the past 11 years."

Garner Clancey suggests that the falls in crime in NSW have not been met with the same fanfare as locations such as New York.

"Why do we not celebrate these substantial falls in local crime?

"The current wave of gun crime hasobviously grabbed media attention.

"The old adage, 'if it bleeds it leads', still holds true.

"Or perhaps we have not celebrated these declines because we are not especially sure of what has caused them.

"A group of criminologists from England have called this 'criminology's dirty little secret'.

"They argue that there has been limited criminological analysis of what has contributed to these trends, which have not just been experienced in NSW but in many western democratic countries."

The Institute of Criminology will deliver a special seminar on NSW crime statistics and trends at the Law School on 24 April 2012.

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