Incidents of amphetamine possession in the Penrith area increased by 50 per cent over 12 months, new crime statistics have revealed.
NSWBureau of Crime Statistics and Research figures released today (Wednesday, April 20) showed incidents of possessing or using amphetamines in the Penrith Local Government Area (LGA) jumped from 232 offences from January to December 2014 to 350 in the same period in 2015.
The figures represent an increase of 50.9 per cent.
Possession and use of cannabis also increased by 169 incidents in 2015 compared to 2014, representing a jump of 32.4 per cent.
Stealing from a retail store also increased in 2015 by25.4 per cent.
Figures remained stable or dropped over 2015 for other major crimes across the LGA, according to trends published by the bureau.
Motor vehicle theft was down by 194 incidents or 14 per cent, and stealing from a motor vehicle was down 78 incidents, or 13.9 per cent.
Malicious damage to property also dropped 159 incidents, or 7.2 per cent.
Acting Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said the bureau’s latest quarterly report reflected the outstanding work of police and the cooperation of the community.
“These results are a credit to the tireless efforts of the NSW Police and I am very proud of their dedication and success in driving down crime throughout our state,” Mr Grant said.
The figures identified increases in prohibited drug possession across the state, including a 30.6 percent increase in amphetamine possession and a 35.9 percent increase in cocaine possession.
“The BOCSAR report highlights the potential for drugs to cause further destruction across NSW as it doesn’t discriminate by postcode – increases in possession are reported in regional and metropolitan communities,” Mr Grant said.
“The NSW Government remains committed to supporting the NSW Police Force to protect the community and these statistics showcase their efforts are being rewarded with record low crime throughout the state.”
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