FRAUD was up and domestic violence assaults were down in the Lithgow local government area in the past year.
That's according to the latest data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).
Data showed there was a rise in the number of non-domestic violence related assault, fraud and sexual assault incidents in the 12 months to December 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.
For instance, the number of fraud cases went up from 139 in 2017 to 149 in 2018.
Sexual assault cases went up slightly from 21 in 2017 to 22 in 2018.
The number of domestic violence assaults fell slightly from 102 in 2017 to 89 in 2018.
Break and enter a dwelling incidents have also come down from 118 in 2017 to 75 in 2018.
Overall, the number of crime incidents remained stable in the Central West except for the rise in the number of fraud cases, which went up from 999 in 2017 to 1133 in 2018.
Stealing from motor vehicle and non-domestic violence related assaults also registered a small increase on 2017.
Break and enter a dwelling, and break and enter a non-dwelling incidents have come down in the region.