Crime figures for the 2009/2010 fiscal year show that murders are up 20% on the previous year.
Overall crime is down with 441,960 recorded offences compared to 442,540 in the previous year.
Family violence saw an increase of 8.5%, sexual offences increased by 2.7% and illicit drug offences increased by 1.8%.
The biggest reduction was in fraud, which showed a decrease of 25.6% on the previous year.
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