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CrimeThe number of fraud offences reported to police jumped by 22 per cent over the 24 months to June this year, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics latest quarterly crime report.

The Bureau’s June Quarterly Report covers trends in crime across 154 Local Government Areas (LGAs) over the 24 months to June 2013.

Most of the increase in fraud occurred in retail or wholesale outlets (up 41.7 per cent excluding service stations) and financial institutions (up 43.8 per cent). The majority of these offences involve the unauthorised use of credit cards and bank cards.

Failing to pay for petrol from service only rose by 5.6 per cent.  This is in marked contrast to earlier years when failing to pay for petrol accounted for a large proportion of the overall growth in fraud.

The latest Bureau figures also show a significant upward trend in stealing from a retail store (up 3.8 per cent). Liquor is the most commonly recorded stolen item, increasing by 34.5 per cent over the last two years.

Three offences showed significant downward trends: break and enter non-dwelling (down 7.6 per cent), motor vehicle theft (down 11 per cent) and malicious damage to property (down 5.3 per cent).

Sizeable increases were also recorded in a number of recorded drug possession offences. Possession of ecstasy showed the largest increase (up 70.8 per cent).

According to the Bureau, however, much of this increase is due to isolated spikes in drug possession arrests following police operations in Sydney, Byron, Auburn, Maitland, Blacktown, Randwick and Waverley LGAs.

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