Forbes Advocate: More breaching court orders as police target compliance

More people are being detected breaching apprehended violence orders according to NSW crime statistics.

Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) for Forbes shows an increase in order breaching, domestic violence offences and trespass for the 12 months to June 2020.

The report shows that the number of cases of stalk and intimidation has dropped from 120 in the July 2018 to June 2019 period to 116 in the July 2019 to June 2020 period – but reports have climbed steadily from 50 in 2015-16, 67 in 2016-17 and 81 in 2017-18.

Officer in charge of Forbes, Inspector Shane Jessep, says police have increased their monitoring of compliance with bail and AVO conditions – and this has led to an increase in all related offences.

“We are visiting both victims and offenders to ensure they are aware of and complying with the conditions of the orders,” Inspector Jessep said.

“We are detecting breaches that would otherwise have gone undetected so there is an increase in reporting.

“There is also increased reporting of incidents through high-profile awareness campaigns in relation to domestic violence offences.”

People charged with domestic violence related assault rose from 84 to 85 over the same 12 months.

Non-domestic violence related assault also rose, from 70 people charged to 82.

The number of people assaulting police rose from three to seven over the 12-month period.

There was a significant increase in the number of trespass offences in the reporting period – up from 32 to 88 on the previous year. This continued the upward trend over a five year period from a low of 25 in 2015-16.

There was also a jump in steal from dwelling, from 42 to 57 offences in the four previous years to a total 119 for the year to June, mostly relating to a spate of thefts of garden ornaments and other items from gardens.

Break and enter offences were down, from 128 to 103.

Offences for possession and/or use of cannabis were down nearly 25 per cent, from 37 to 27.

Possession and/or use of amphetamines remained unchanged remaining at 13.

One person was charged with possession of ecstasy, two with other drugs. Cocaine charges dwindled from three to none for the reporting period.

Nobody was charged with dealing or trafficking in narcotics or cocaine, dealing or trafficking of cannabis or dealing or trafficking of amphetamines.

Weapons offences fell from 14 to 10 and there were 169 cases of malicious damage to property, up from 125 in the previous period.

Fraud charges fell from three to one and breaches of apprehended violence orders jumped from 50 to 88.

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