Crims targeting cars in Murray River

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Rise: Break-ins and motor vehicle theft are up more than 50 per cent in the Murray River local government area. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

Break-ins and motor vehicle theft spiked by more than 50 per cent in the Murray River Police District since the same time last year, according to the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

The latest data from BOCSAR, recorded up to March 2022, showed motor vehicle theft almost tripled, rising from eight instances to 31.

Theft from a motor vehicle also rose by more than 75 per cent, from 17 reports to 30.

There were 22 more instances of breaking and entering a non-dwelling this year and stealing from a house doubled.

Domestic violence has risen by 29.2 per cent, and there was also more reports of people breaching apprehended violence orders.

Across NSW, there was a large reduction in instances of break and enters, and robberies have fallen by 32 per cent.

Violent crime in the state is now equal to pre-pandemic levels.

BOSCAR executive director Jackie Fitzgerald said it was surprising that stealing offences were still so low in 2022 given behaviour patterns in the community had largely returned to normal.

“A number of factors suspected to be keeping property crime low during the pandemic are no longer in play, such as mobility restrictions and access to government stimulus money,” she said.

“It seems likely that property crime will start to increase over the coming year but, fortunately, this is taking longer than expected.”