There’s been an increase in the number of thefts from shops and people on the far north coast, according to the latest crime statistics.
Stealing from a person is up by almost 36% in the Richmond-Tweed and thefts from a shop up by around 13%.
There’s been no change in the number of assaults at pubs and clubs on the north coast despite falls being recorded elsewhere in the state.
On the mid north coast robbery with a weapon (not a firearm) is up by almost 90%.
Doctor Don Weatherburn from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research says the trend in theft in the Northern Rivers is a concern.
“They’re substantial increases in the number of offences in those categories, but you’re dealing with offences where stealing from a dwelling is about 30 per cent above the state average but stealing from a retail store is pretty much on the state average so there’s some comfort to be had in that but not a lot.”