Crime rate rises in Bendigo, statistics at June 2017 show

Some offences, like break-ins, have risen in Bendigo in the past year, but others, such as drug offences, have fallen.
Some offences, like break-ins, have risen in Bendigo in the past year, but others, such as drug offences, have fallen.

The City of Greater Bendigo is one of three municipalities in central Victoria that have seen the crime rate rise over the past year.

New data from the Crime Statistics Agency shows the rate of offences in Greater Bendigo jumped from 8676.6 per 100,000 people at June 2016 to 9378 this year.

The offence rate in Bendigo has been growing steadily since 2014.

Gannawarra and Mount Alexander also recorded hikes in their offence rates at June 2017.

In Greater Bendigo, the number of property and deception offences grew by 11 per cent year to year.

This category accounted for most of the offences committed in the municipality in the year to June.

Nearly 3000 theft offences were recorded, as well as 860 burglaries or break-ins – an increase of nearly 9 per cent on the 792 burglaries and break-ins committed the previous year.

Deception offences leaped by nearly 73 per cent.

But there was a 37 per cent drop in arson offences.

There was only a slight increase in the number of crimes against the person, but within that category, assaults rose by 15 per cent, and the number of dangerous and negligent acts grew by 71 per cent.

A 9 per cent increase was recorded in the number of sexual offences in the Greater Bendigo area.

But stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour fell by 52 per cent in the past year.

The total number of drug offences dropped slightly, while dealing and trafficking remained steady.

The crime of cultivating or manufacturing drugs fell by 64 per cent between 2016 and 2017.

Five municipalities in central Victoria saw their crime rate fall from June 2016 to June this year.

The most significant reduction was seen in Central Goldfields Shire.

But it still has the highest crime rate of any local government area in central Victoria, while Buloke Shire has the lowest.

Across Victoria, the crime rate fell by 2 per cent from 2016 to 2017. But the crime rate at June was 16.7 per cent higher than it was in 2013.