Decrease in reported stealing offences in Forbes

There has been a fall in the number of reported stealing offences in the Forbes local government area in the past year, according to the latest statistics.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research's (BOCSAR) quarterly update shows a dramatic decrease in the amount of reported "steal from dwelling" cases, falling from 135 between March 2019 and March 2020 to 58 between March 2020 and March 2021.

Reported cases of "steal from retail store" also fell from 26 to 17 while "steal from person" rates remained stable, with two reported incidences in both time periods.

However there has been a rise in reported cases of "steal from motor vehicle" from 63 to 78 in the past 12 months.

Reported motor vehicle thefts fell, with 40 between March 2019 and March 2020 reducing to 34 in the last year.

There was a slight increase in the number of reported domestic violence related assaults and non-domestic violence related assaults, from 75 to 77 and 77 to 82 respectively.

Meanwhile there were 15 reported sexual assaults compared to 16 in the previous 12 months and 14 reported indecent assaults, acts of indecency and other sexual offences, down from 21 on the previous 12 months.

This bucks the statewide trend, which has seen a dramatic spike in the number of sexual assaults reported to NSW Police in March 2021.

Police recorded 940 sexual assaults in March 2021; 300 more than in February 2021 and 61 per cent more than the monthly average.

In the Central West, there was a 52 per cent increase in the monthly average of sexual assaults.

According to Jackie Fitzgerald from BOCSAR, "the increase appears to be due to a temporary rise in victim willingness to formally report sexual violence".

"The timing of the increase closely aligns with saturation media coverage of numerous sexual assault allegations in late February and March 2021," she said.

Reported cases of "break and enter dwelling" fell from 77 to 72, while "break and enter non-dwelling" rose from 26 to 36.

Reported incidences of fraud jumped from 37 to 48, while there was a drop in the amount of "malicious damage to property" rates, from 162 to 152.

There was one murder recorded, on January 23 this year.