Al­most 3% rise in crime in the dis­trict

Prop­erty crime rate in­creases in 2016/17

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - Ja­cob Mi­ley ja­cob.mi­ley@dai­ly­mer­

YOU’RE less likely to get the bash in Mackay this year, but there’s a sub­stan­tially higher chance some­one is go­ing to pinch some­thing you care about.

They’re two of the head­lines about crime in the re­gion hid­den away in the an­nual Queens­land Po­lice sta­tis­ti­cal re­view re­leased yes­ter­day.

In the year to the end of June, crime in Mackay rose 2.5% with 18,060 of­fences re­ported to the boys (and girls) in blue – who have 320 pairs of boots on the ground to cover our 151,892 sq km.

Mackay Po­lice Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Bruce McNab said there were al­ways ar­eas in the crime statis­tics that they wanted to im­prove, though he was pleased with the ar­eas of re­duc­tion in the stats com­pared to the year be­fore.

Chief amongst the good news was the re­duc­tion in as­saults by 14.5%, while the rate of armed rob­bery, which was par­tic­u­larly high the year be­fore, also un­der­went a re­duc­tion.

On the other side of the coin, prop­erty of­fences in­creased by 9.7 %, while un­law­ful use of mo­tor ve­hi­cles in­creased by 19.9%, un­law­ful en­try into houses in­creased by 8% and un­law­ful en­try into shops in­creased by 10.3%.

Su­per­in­ten­dent McNab said the re­gion saw peaks and troughs in prop­erty crime through­out the year, mak­ing men­tion of a crime spike the town saw in May, where in just 10 days po­lice recorded close to 100 of­fences.

Dur­ing the 12 months, there were 1343 cases of un­law­ful en­try and 872 stolen ve­hi­cles.

Of those of­fences, 376 of the un­law­ful en­try of­fences were solved, but just 199 of the stolen ve­hi­cles.

Supt McNab was sat­is­fied with that num­ber.

“I’m happy with the num­ber of cleared of­fences in re­la­tion to the crime clus­ters, but they could al­ways be higher.

“We see a re­duc­tion in crime in those peaks and troughs and that in­di­cates to me that we are prose­cut­ing the right peo­ple,” he said.

Drug of­fences were also quite high, which was in­dica­tive of the num­ber of drug seizures this past 12 months, Supt McNab said.

Though he said drug use in re­gional Queens­land was a “real chal­lenge” the fig­ure was a re­flec­tion of the amount of work be­ing done to com­bat the is­sue.

The num­ber of breaches to Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Pro­tec­tion Or­ders in­creased from 1,138 in 2015/16 to 1,211 in 2016/17.

Though he says the in­crease could be from the com­mu­nity gain­ing more con­fi­dence in re­port­ing in­ci­dents to po­lice.

Let us know what you think of the state of crime in Mackay. Email let­ters to news@dai­ly­mer­

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