GRIFFITH'S top detective has applauded the community for helping in the war against criminals after a dramatic drop in the incidence of major crime in the city.
The latest figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (Bocsar) show one of the largest dips in serious offences in the city's history, with assaults down 17 per cent, car thefts down 43 per cent, break and enters down 39 per cent, stealing from motor vehicles down 25 per cent and malicious damage down 18 per cent.
No major criminal offences recorded marked increases in the data, which compared arrest rates between June 2010 and June 2012 in the Griffith local government area with rates from the previous two years.
"This couldn't have happened without the community and police working together to target crime areas," Griffith Police crime manager Detective Inspector Paul Smith said.
"These are probably the best results Griffith has ever seen percentage-wise, especially in terms of property theft and stealing from motor vehicles.
"We rely totally on residents to be our eyes and ears so if there's anyone out there aware of crime, we need to know.
"If you see someone acting suspiciously at 3am in the morning, we need to know then and there so we can dispatch a car, not at 8am the next morning."
Detective Inspector Smith warned despite the strong figures, crime remained highly unpredictable by nature.
"Crime trends can change overnight," he said.
"People need to be vigilant and ensure their homes, businesses and vehicles are as secure as they can possibly be."