Bureau reports crime statistics

CRIME levels are falling in western Sydney and around NSW, the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics report shows.

Figures for 2012 and 2013 show the incidence of violent crimes was largely stable across six local government areas.

The number of murders fell in Blacktown (five to four), the Blue Mountains (two to one), Holroyd (five to two, remained stable in Hawkesbury (one homicide for both years) and increased in Parramatta (four to seven) and Penrith (two to nine).

The rates of robbery, assault and sexual offences remained about the same across all regions, increasingly slightly in Blacktown and falling and rising marginally across the other local government areas.

Police Minister Michael Gallacher said he was pleased to see crime rates heading in the right direction.

"In two years, 15 of the 17 major offence categories have remained stable or are going down," Mr Gallacher said.

The government made a commitment to increase police resources and strengthen their powers and these results show we are delivering."

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