Latest crime statistics have revealed that criminal incident rates this year in the CBD have gone down by 3 per cent.
The figures from the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA), which tracked crime rates between April 2018 and March 2019, recorded a total of 15,842 offences in postcode 3000; down from 16,334 the previous year.
Crimes against the person (2302) and property and deception offences (7794) were down from the previous year, however drug (881) and public order/security (2604) related offences both saw small increases.
The trends in the CBD are contrary to that found across the state, with criminal incidents in Victoria rising two per cent overall. A total of 387,157 criminal incidents were recorded; an increase from 379,396 incidents the previous year.
Assaults are up 3.6 per cent, robbery is up 6.4 per cent and drug use and possession is up 12 per cent.
Alleged offender incidents recorded by Victoria Police continued to increase in the last 12 months, up by 6.9 per cent to 178,731; a 45.2 per cent increase in the last 10 years and a record high for the CSA data, which goes back to 2004.