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Kings Cross safer, but assaults at home rise

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Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research released on Monday show assaults at licensed premises in Kings Cross have fallen by 30.5 per cent in the past two years.

Assaults at venues in the Sydney CBD have fallen by 15.1 per cent over the same period, while across the state there was a 5.6 per cent fall in assaults committed in licensed premises in the two years to March.

“Police across the state are doing a great job in preventing violence in our pubs and clubs,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said on Monday.

However, the period covered by the statistics suggests it’s unlikely much of the decline in assaults in licensed venues in the city’s trouble spots can be attributed to recent changes to alcohol laws, largely prompted by a spate of fatal one-punch assaults.

The NSW parliament only passed legislation for tougher sentences involving alcohol and drug-fuelled violence in January.

Mr Scipione has also voiced concern about a 2.5 per cent rise in violent assaults in the home, as figures showed almost half (47 per cent) involved incidents between parents and their children.

“It doesn’t matter who it is: whether it is parents assaulting their children, grown children assaulting their parents or any other person guilty of domestic assault, you will be held accountable,” Mr Scipione said.

“But victims must come forward and report the incidents to police so we can take action,” he said.

The figures showed there had been a 25.7 per cent rise in transport offences, while fraud was up 8.6 per cent.

Police said there had also been an increase in cyber crime with more people reporting unauthorised access of their bank accounts.

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