Crime rates largely held steady across the NSW North Coast in 2014, with only a few significant and mainly positive changes.
The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) yesterday published its crime figures for 2014, which paint a fairly positive picture for the entire state.
On the North Coast, only a few significant changes were recorded at a regional level.
The Mid North Coast and Richmond-Tweed regions saw a fall in stealing offences, both in homes and business.
Ballina saw a drop in non domestic-violence assaults, while Bellingen saw a fall in property damage and vandalism offences.
In Coffs Harbour car theft was down.
Tweed Heads saw a very large fall in muggings.
The Bureau said the statewide figures are very encouraging but says an ongoing rise in methamphetamine-related offences is alarming.