CRIME ON RISE IN REGION
THE annual Queensland Police Service’s Statistical Review shows the overall crime rate across the southwest has increased by 5.4 per cent, to 15,642 offences.
Over the 10-year period from 2007/08 to 2016/17, the southwest has recorded an increase in the rate of offences against people and property.
“The overall crime rate of offences against the person over the past 10 years increased by 18.4 per cent and offences against property increased by 5.5 per cent,” South West Acting Superintendent Mike Curtin said.
Acting Superintendent Curtin urged the community to be vigilant of the security of their houses, vehicles and other property, with the rate of offences against property increasing by 14.9 per cent in the past year.
“A lot of break-ins and property thefts are opportunistic and preventable,” he said.
“We urge the community to use all available security options to prevent opportunistic thefts as a result of unlocked or unsecured property.”
The review shows that compared to the previous financial year, armed robbery is up 25 per cent, and car theft and unlawful use of a vehicle is up 46.9 per cent.
“Reported crime across Queensland is up a disturbing nine per cent,” Member for Warrego Ann Leahy said.
“More and more Queenslanders are fearful of walking the streets and afraid in their homes.
“As a result of the strong laws and additional resources provided by the LNP Government in late 2013, crime rates across the state dramatically dropped.
“Residents deserve better than to live in fear in their own homes because of Labor’s soft-on-crime approach.”
CRIME INCREASES: Acting Superintendent Mike Curtin urges the community to be vigilant after a spike in offences against people and property across the region.