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Shoplifting, drug crimes increase in NSW
Nine News ^ | December 16, 2009

Posted on 12/15/2009 4:55:40 PM PST by myknowledge

Shoplifting is increasingly common in NSW, with thefts from clothing stores up more than 30 per cent, the state's Bureau of Crime Statistics says.

Thefts from licensed premises were also up by a significant amount - 18.1 per cent - in the 12 months to September this year, the bureau says in its quarterly report.

Overall, stealing from retail stores was up by 5.8 per cent in the 12 months.

There has also been a huge increase in convictions for possession and use of ecstasy and cocaine, with ecstasy convictions up by almost half (49.7 per cent) and cocaine convictions up by 39.9 per cent.

Cannabis possession and use convictions are up by 15.1 per cent.

But bureau director Don Weatherburn says the drug conviction statistics may not reflect increased use of drugs.

"The upsurge in recorded drug offences could be indicative of increased drug use but could also reflect proactive policing activity," he said in a statement.

On the positive side, robberies with a non-firearm weapon are down by 10.7 per cent, stealing from motor vehicles is down by 21.5 per cent and theft of motor vehicles is down by 9.3 per cent.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; crime; newsouthwales; shoplifting
You'd rather shoplift and try not to get caught rather than commit an armed robbery and try not to get caught, in New South Wales.
1 posted on 12/15/2009 4:55:40 PM PST by myknowledge
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