CRIME is on the rise in Albury with a 14 per cent increase in matters going before court in the first five months of this year.
The figures have been collated by magistrate Tony Murray, who is the regional co-ordinator for courts in the Riverina.
There has been a similar rise at Wagga, a 6 per cent rise at Griffith and 1.4 per cent increase at Cootamundra.
The figures were prepared by Mr Murray for a recent meeting in Sydney of regional co-ordinators with NSW’s chief magistrate, Judge Graeme Henson.
They have been distributed to court registrars and staff throughout the Riverina region.
Albury’s court registrar Wendy Howard said it was hard to pinpoint an increase with any particular offences, but domestic violence matters continue to rise.
A large number of drug charges have come before court in Albury through Strike Force Roder with drug squad police targeting the trade of highly-addictive ice.
Twelve people were arrested and charged with most apprehended last year, but one offender was caught in January and three in March.
Statistics released last week by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics showed a 23.7 per cent fall in assaults over five years.
There are fewer assault matters coming before court in Albury now compared to several years ago.
The number of Albury matters between January and May increased from 1442 to 1655.
The biggest monthly increase was in February with 266 matters last year ballooning to 352 this year.
But there were fewer matters this year in January with 342 compared to 370 last year.
The figures for March were 274 last year (321 this year), April 235 (301) and May 297 (339).
Last month Wagga had the highest total of monthly matters in the region this year with 393. That figure was 150 up on last year with the total for Wagga this year being 1769 compared to 1548 last year for a 14 per cent increase.
At Cootamundra, there were 1379 matters last year which increased by 19 this year.
The number of matters at Griffith has increased by 100 this year to 1790.