Drinking Restrictions in NSW lead to lower rate of Assaults

According to the latest figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics (BOCSAR) assaults at licensed venues seems to be on the decline, apparently due to tougher conditions for drinkers and restrictions on licensed venues across the state.

The measures are believed to be the greatest cause of the decline in alcohol related assaults according to the state’s number one crime statistician.

The crime statistics show that assaults at licensed premises were stable over the last 2 years but have declined by about 7.9per cent each year over the past 5 years.

This post from Bigpondnews.com explains further,

Before 2009, assault rates at licensed premises were rising. But government-imposed restrictions, which started in Newcastle, have helped drop the frequency of boozed-up bashings, BOCSAR director Don Weatherburn told AAP.

‘It’s not going down really rapidly but 7.9 per cent per annum’s not to be sniffed at,’ he said.

‘Getting tough with licensed premises that serve alcohol to intoxicated people is working.’

But he doesn’t know whether the government needs to crack down further.

‘The measures that are in place at the moment are pushing it down,’ he said.

‘Maybe we should just keep things as they are until and unless we see it level out again.

‘It’s not rising, it’s not stable, it’s falling so I think the current policy settings are probably doing good.’

Source: http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Crime/2013/09/12/NSW_drinking_restrictions_drop_assaults_905642.html

The only area where violent offences have increased is lower northern Sydney were it has increased by 11.5 per cent, other than that the rate of violent offences in metropolitan areas has stabilised.

The statistics also show that although assaults at licensed venues are declining, indecent and domestic assault are on the rise in part of the state.

The report from BOCSAR measures crime trends across 154 local government areas over the last 2 years to June 2013. The report shows that there have been a considerable increase in indecent assaults. These indecent assaults are up 38 per cent in Sydney’s inner west and up by 23.3 per cent at the mid-north coast.

The report also shows a spike in the number of drug possession charges, particularly possession and use of ecstasy which increased by an alarming 70.8 per cent. The report showed cocaine use up by 44.1 per cent and amphetamines by 22.1 per cent.

Another notable increase was in the number of alcohol thefts which has increased by 34.5 per cent.

The article goes on to explain,

Dr Weatherburn said he believed this figure reflected better policing, not that more people are using drugs.

‘Police ran operations, arrested a lot of people for drug possession,’ he said.

Shootings remained stable and murder and attempted murder have dropped.

The opposition used the figures to take a swipe at the government, saying it is ‘not putting a dent in the gun violence playing out in our suburbs.’

Fraud has risen 22 per cent over the 24 months to June this year.

‘The majority of these offences involve the unauthorised use of credit cards and bank cards,’ Dr Weatherburn said.

Source: http://bigpondnews.com/articles/Crime/2013/09/12/NSW_drinking_restrictions_drop_assaults_905642.html