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Thefts from retail stores falling on Coast

Bad news for lake Mac.

Thefts from retail stores falling on Coast

Thefts from retail stores continue to trend downwards on the Central Coast, according to the latest bureau of crime statistics quarterly report released today.

Crimes of this kind have dropped 24% over the two years to June this year - 27% for Wyong and 20% for Gosford - while BOCSAR reports rates are steady across all other criminal offences.

The drop bucks the statewide trend, which shows stealing from a retail store is up 5.4% overall.

It's a bleaker story just north of the Coast, with Lake Macquarie and Newcastle recording increases in four areas of major crime over the same time frame.

"This region is showing significant increases in four of the 17 major offences: motor vehicle theft (up 15.9%), steal from motor vehicle (up 10.1%), steal from retail store (up 17.8%), and malicious damage to property (up 8.2%)." the BOCSAR said in a statement.

Today's updates follows reports from NewsCorp yesterday that Long Jetty is a Cocaine hotspot of both the Coast and NSW.

The suburb came in at sixth in its analysis of crime statistics regarding cocaine dealers and traffickers, behind a handful of Sydney suburbs with police laying charges for 33 such offences since 2011.

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