CRIME ON RISE IN RE­GION

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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.”

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CRIME IN­CREASES: Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Curtin urges the com­mu­nity to be vig­i­lant af­ter a spike in of­fences against peo­ple and prop­erty across the re­gion.

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