CRIME in Warwick has been dwindling over the past three years, with a decline in assaults, break and enters and property offences, yet drug-related crimes continue to escalate.
Warwick Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said the reduced numbers in most crime categories were a sign of tougher security measures.
The general trend is that the number of assaults is decreasing with fewer cases reported to police.
The overall severity of cases has also declined in the past three years, including those that result in grievous bodily harm and bodily harm.
Break and enters
The number of break and enters over the past three years has reduced, with shop robbery the most significant fall in numbers.
Snr Sgt Day said the emphasis on shop security was a major deterrent.
The trend for car theft has remained fairly consistent for three years, but statistics are not at alarming levels.
The number of cases where items were stolen from inside a vehicle spiked last year, but has decreased since then.
Again, the number of property offences reported to police has declined including a reduction in property damage and fraud.
Good order offences
On the other end of the spectrum, public nuisance offences have escalated.
Police have seen a rise in drug-related crime over the past three years with an emphasis on those supplying dangerous drugs and those producing them.
Snr Sgt Day said the overall results were positive.
"Together, police and the community are combating crime," he said.
"Police are committed to further improving the crime rate in Warwick to keep it the safe town it is."
- Assaults: Down
- Break and enters: Down
- Car theft: Same
- Property offences: Down
- Good order offences: Up
- Drugs: Up