Figures show local police’s challenge

BIG TASK: The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has revealed Mount Druitt police attended almost 1000 domestic violence incidents last year. Picture: Isabella Lettini
BIG TASK: The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has revealed Mount Druitt police attended almost 1000 domestic violence incidents last year. Picture: Isabella Lettini

Domestic violence remains the biggest challenge facing local police, the latest crime figures show.

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has revealed Mount Druitt and St Marys police responded to 943 and 586 domestic violence incidents  between July 2016 and June 2017 respectively.

Those marks were below the rate set in the previous year (954 and 623 respectively), but are still among the highest in the state.

The Mount Druitt area has been front and centre in a horror month for domestic violence in Sydney in recent weeks.

Whalan’s Sarah Brown was allegedly murdered in her Moresby Street home on September 29, and a woman, 42, was in a critical condition on Monday after her throat was allegedly slit by her partner in Glendenning.

Rates across the major crime categories in the St Marys and Mount Druitt local area commands were largely stable compared to last year’s figures.

St Marys saw a seven per cent drop in non-domestic violence, while the opposite was true in Mount Druitt.

There was also a significant reduction in break-and-enter crime in St Marys, with 15 per cent less incidents recorded than the year before.

But both areas saw a spike in retail theft cases.

In Mount Druitt there was almost 24 per cent increase in that offence, up from 373 to 462 incidents, and St Marys saw a 18 per cent rise (238 to 281).