Almost 3% rise in crime in the district
Property crime rate increases in 2016/17
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.
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