I congratulate local police with the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) data showing major crime categories continue to trend down in the region.

The Heathcote Electorate encompasses two LGA’s with each continuing impressive downward trends in crime including:

Sutherland Shire LGA

·         Motor vehicle theft is down 11.8%

·         Break and enter dwelling is down 25.2%

Wollongong LGA

·         Motor vehicle theft is down 18.7%

·         Malicious damage to property is down 7%

The data reflects the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to cracking down on crime. I congratulate our police officers for their good work to crack down on crime across the electorate.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said the latest data shows items such as bicycles, scooters, tools and garden accessories are common targets for thieves.

“The public can play its part to minimise their risk of becoming a target by ensuring their possessions are stored safely and securely,” Mr Grant said.

The BOSCAR report also highlights the upward trend of illegal drug possession.

“I am concerned by an increase of 40.1% in amphetamine possession, particularly in regional NSW as well as a 45.3% increase of cocaine possession,” Mr Grant said.

“These dangerous and destructive drugs are causing devastation to individuals and families across NSW.

“I am encouraged by the work police are doing to detect illegal drug possession across NSW and I will ensure our officers are given the tools they need to stamp out these corrosive drugs from our society.”