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2004 Report



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What the results tell us for Tumbarumba

Residents of Tumbarumba feel that they live in a relatively safe community. This is supported by crime statistics there for the period 1999–2003 (see Table 1), which show relatively few major offences. There was one murder, and no attempted murders or manslaughters reported in those years. Assault figures decreased from a high of 39 in 2001 to 30 in 2003; this decrease is significant in a shire with a small population.

Malicious damage to property figures increased from 34 in 1999 to a high of 78 in 2002, before dropping to 67 in 2003. Council is concerned that regular vandalism of public facilities is a significant cost to the small community. Council has also noted a number of violent incidents at a local hotel. Whilst these incidents are infrequent, they can have a significant impact on residents' perceptions about living in a safe community.

Local police take a high profile within the community and have assisted in measures to reduce alcohol related crime in the shire. Alcohol free zones were introduced there in 1996. Anecdotal evidence from the police is that the zones make it easier for them to deal with alcohol related anti-social behaviour. A liquor accord has been introduced in the town of Tumbarumba. Under the accord, people are barred for set periods from licensed premises if they have been found to be involved in alcohol related anti-social behaviour on those premises.

Table 1. Recorded criminal incidents in Tumbarumba Shire, 1999–2003
Type of offenceNumber of offences in each year
Attempted murder00000
Murder accessory, conspiracy00000
Manslaughter - not driving*00000
Manslaughter - driving* #0000-
Driving causing death^ #- - - - 0
Sexual offences
Sexual assault11832
Indecent assault, act of indecency02213
Other sexual offences11211
Abduction and kidnapping00000
Robbery without a weapon00000
Robbery with a firearm00000
Robbery with a weapon not a firearm10000
Other offences against the person411067
Break and enter - dwelling10591914
Break and enter - non-dwelling1221182314
Possess implements00000
Goods in custody00100
Motor vehicle theft14337
Steal from motor vehicle1214131015
Steal from retail store43121
Steal from dwelling6819106
Steal from person20100
Stock theft5361510
Other theft1721141820
Demand money with menaces01000
Extortion, blackmail00000
Malicious damage to property3434647867
Drug offences
Possession and/or use of cocaine00000
Possession and/or use of narcotics00000
Possession and/or use of cannabis1412123
Possession and/or use of other drugs11110
Dealing, trafficking in cocaine00000
Dealing, trafficking in narcotics00000
Dealing, trafficking in cannabis20001
Dealing, trafficking in other drugs01001
Cultivating cannabis34361
Importing drugs00000
Other drug offences63101
Offensive behaviour
Offensive conduct349114
Offensive language211465
Prostitution offences00000
Betting and gaming offences00004
Weapons offences5153214
Against justice procedures
Escapee - Corrective Services custody00000
Escapee - Police custody00101
Escapee - juvenile detention00000
Escapee - other custody00000
Breach Apprehended Violence Order5851914
Breach bail conditions40211
Breach of recognizance11000
Fail to appear00020
Other offences against justice procedures35642
Driving offences#
Culpable driving0000-
Drive while disqualified21134-
Drive manner/speed dangerous0031-
Other driving offences2223258349-
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs^ - - - - 1
Dangerous or negligent driving^ - - - - 17
Driving while licence cancelled or suspended^ - - - - 3
Driving without a licence^ - - - - 13
Driving licence offences, nec^ - - - - 25
Registration offences^ - - - - 21
Roadworthiness offences^ - - - - 0
Exceeding the prescribed content of alcohol limit^ - - - - 13
Exceeding legal speed limit^ - - - - 217
Parking offences^ - - - - 0
Regulatory driving offences, nec^ - - - - 76
Other offences3332525651

Source: Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research;
Notes: nec = not elsewhere classified; * Number of recorded victims; ^ Number of legal actions commenced, including referrals to court and infringement notices; # In July 2003, NSW Police changed the way they classify traffic incidents. The incidence of specific driving offences could no longer be determined directly from police incident categories. In response to this change, from 2003 onwards, the unit of measurement used by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research when reporting driving offences was the number of legal actions commenced by police rather than the number of incidents recorded. Legal actions include infringement notices, court referrals, formal cautions under the Young Offenders Act and Youth Conference referrals. From 2003 onwards, the driving offences reported accord with those in the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC).

About the data

Crime statistics are from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, viewed 19 April 2005, at

Recorded crime statistics represent incidents recorded by the police (see explanatory notes on the website

Information on safety and safety issues was provided by Tumbarumba Shire Council.