Crime down on the Bellarine

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By Justin Flynn

Crime decreased on the Bellarine Peninsula in the 12 months to June according to new data.

The latest Crime Statistics Agency figures for the year to June, showed that crime dropped across the state.

Statistics showed that incidents of crime in Ocean Grove fell to 484 from 557, however family violence common assault rose from 17 to 25 and non family violence common assault went from six to 17.

Criminal damage fell from 96 to 47 and theft from a motor vehicle 99 to 47.

Drug offences increased from 18 to 29 and drug possession went from 13 to 23.

Prohibited and controlled weapons offences more than doubled as did breaches of family violence orders.

Crime in Barwon Heads decreased significantly from 167 incidents to 119.

Property and deception decreased from 119 to 70, theft 73 to 36 and theft from a motor vehicle 23 to 12 while assault remained very low.

The 12 months to June was the lowest number of offences in the Borough of Queenscliffe since 2013.

There were just 99 offences recorded, down from 115 in the previous 12 months.

Just over half the incidents occurred in Queenscliff, while there were 45 offences in Point Lonsdale and four on Swan Island.

Criminal damage was the most popular offence.

Crime dropped substantially in Clifton Springs from 195 to 118 reported incidents.

Residential nonaggravated burglary went from 20 to four while motor vehicle theft dropped by 50 percent and theft from a motor vehicle decreased from 28 to six.

Curlewis reported an increase from 153 from 133, however the increase was attributed to public order and security offences increasing from one to 12 and justice procedures offences (10 to 35). Violent crime decreased.

Drysdale went from 227 to 245 incidents with non-family violence common assault increasing from two to nine although drug offences dropped from 15 to four.

Shop owners in Portarlington had reason for concern with theft from retail increasing by more than 300 percent although overall theft was down by almost 50 percent.

St Leonards experienced an increase in crime from 232 to 187 incidents with stealing from a motor vehicle more than doubling.