The number of assaults at Sydney's Star Casino rose following the introduction of the city's controversial pub and club lockout laws, new crime statistics show.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data, released on Wednesday, found 2 extra assaults per month occurred in Pyrmont's casino precinct since the divisive laws commenced in 2014.
Almost half of all non-domestic assaults in Pymont last year occurred in and around the notorious gambling venue, the data also showed.
"The Star Casino accounts for about half of all assaults in Pyrmont. There's now about 2 more assaults per month at the casino"- Weatherburn— 2DayFM 104.1 (@2DayFM) April 20, 2016
BOCSAR looked at assaults in the area from January 2009 to December 2015.
The Star is located just outside the CBD lockout zone and there have been suggestions that barring new arrivals from entering licensed premises after 1.30am and mandating last drinks at 3am has pushed violence into surrounding suburbs.
The rules have been praised by NSW Premier Mike Baird, police and emergency department doctors for prompting a decline in alcohol-fuelled assaults in the city. But they have been criticised by many young people, hoteliers and live music fans.
BOCSAR boss Don Weatherburn said the rise in assaults around The Star was "very small" compared to the fall in assaults in the city and Kings Cross, where they fell by 13 per month in 2014, compared with the previous year.
Wednesday's numbers also showed that 76, or 49 percent, of all non-domestic assaults in Pyrmont happened in the casino precinct. Those attacks included inside the casino, at its entrance, and at the taxi rank.
This is the 16th yr of falling crime rates in NSW. Reduction in robberies, break & enter & homocide"-Don Weatherburn pic.twitter.com/UNEpaq37GR— Triple M Sydney (@TripleMSydney) April 20, 2016
In most violent incidents, the victim was a casino patron, but in 15 percent of cases the victim was a taxi driver, BOCSAR said.
Comment has been sought from Star Casino.
Almost one third of assaults happened when an offender was being thrown out of the casino.
The data also found that 30 fewer assaults per month occurred in the Sydney Entertainment Precinct in 2014, compared with 2013.
Across NSW, only 1 "major offence" rose significantly in the 24 months to December. That offence was stealing from a retail store, which jumped 6.7 percent.
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