TAMWORTH has seen an increase in the number of reported sexual and indecent assaults, but break-ins to homes and thefts from cars are down.
The numbers were revealed on Monday in the latest round of crime figures released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).
According to the figures, the Tamworth Regional Council area had jumps in four crime categories and falls in another four, while the others remained relatively stable.
Domestic violence-related assaults rose from 342 to 379 in the 12 months to June 2019, while reports of sexual assaults jumped by 24 and indecent assault by 27.
Break-ins to homes fell from 606 in the 12 months to June 2018, to 548 this year.
The biggest drop was thefts from cars, with 215 fewer reports in the 12 months to June this year, after 439 reports were received.
Stealing from a person also more than halved, falling from 26 to 12 in the 12 months to June.
Malicious damage to property also fell by 121 reports, dropping to 753 incidents in the year to June.
In Gunnedah, break-ins to homes more than doubled in the 12 months to June, rising from 58 in 2018 to 133 incidents to June this year. Thefts from cars also doubled, from 62 incidents to 116 reports in the 12 months to 2019. Assaults fell by 20 incidents in the 12 months to June, while most other crime categories were stable.
Moree Plains saw significant falls in nine categories, after several proactive policing operations.
Break-ins to homes fell by almost 100 incidents to 193, while break-and-enters to non-dwellings dropped from 179 to 94 reports. Motor vehicle thefts fell from 117 reports in 2018 to 63 in the 12 months to June. There were 86 fewer thefts from cars, 50 fewer shoplifting reports and 109 fewer reports of malicious damage to property.
Armidale also saw downward trends in four crime sectors. Sexual assaults and break-and-enters to businesses or buildings rose.
Inverell recorded falls in break-ins to homes and businesses, car thefts, and shoplifting and stealings from homes.
Narrabri had falls in non-domestic assault from 91 incidents to 70, while there were 40 fewer malicious damage reports. Indecent assaults and break-ins to homes rose in the same 12-month period.