Crime in Colac Otway has decreased, with Colac Police Station commander Ken Slingsby saying tougher bail laws are a contributing factor in the fall.
The Crime Statistics Agency reported that crime statistics for the year ending September 30 had declined across the state with criminal incidents decreasing by 1.6 per cent, the lowest since the year ending September 2015.
Crime statistics for Colac Otway showed there were 280 crimes against the person offences in that period, including 153 incidents of assault against the person, a decrease of 27 from last year.
Property and deception offences reduced from 872 incidents last year to 652 this year. Burglaries and break and enter reduced by 76 incidents, property damage reduced by 62 incidents, and theft reduced by 79 incidents.
Drug offences decreased by 24 incidents to 43 offences, while public order and security offences decreased from 126 last year to 96
this year ending September 30.
Justice procedures decreased from 176 to 167, with breaches of orders dropping by three to 146, but other offences increased from one last year to two this year.
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