There has been a downward trend across all crime categories, except for Property Damage offences which can be defined as:
- destroying the property,
- or even causing it to be broken.
- scratching of a motor vehicle or setting it alight.
The COVID-19 affect cannot be discounted as influencing the positives in the trends. With more people at home, we expected home burglaries would drop, and they have: from around 1100 in both 2019 and 2020, to 857 in 2021. And the figures show that Car Burglary offences (stealing from vehicles) have actually dropped significantly from around 1400 in 2019-2020, to 983 in 2021. Similarly, car thefts went from 975 during 2019-20, to 872 in 2021.
In the Bridgewater Division (which includes New Norfolk) in 2020, Police response times to call-outs in the area averaged 13 minutes for High Priority incidents, and 18 minutes for Low Priority incidents. Home Burglary offences totalled 102 (after a total of 129 in 2019), with a clear-up rate of only 28%. Stolen motor vehicles amounted to 75 in 2020 – a fall of 42% from the previous year – with a clear-up rate of almost 40%. Over 76% of fire-damaged motor vehicles were recovered, most of them within the local area.
Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania (NHWT) and Crime Stoppers Tasmania (CST) have a close working relationship with each other. They are both independent, not-for-profit organisations, and are key partners with Tasmania Police. While NHWT is about uniting the community to help the police prevent crime from happening, CST is an effective mechanism for the community to help police solve crimes by providing information anonymously either by telephone 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au.