The crime stats worrying police
NEW statistics have Sunshine Coast police worried about rising levels of violence, but the assaults aren’t happening in the places you’d expect.
The Annual Statistics Review has just been released and its revealed offences against the person have increased by 29.3% in the past year.
Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said despite the belief most violence was alcohol fuelled, assaults near licensed venues had decreased.
“Anecdotally, we would suggest that assaults occur when people are affected by alcohol... but that’s not the case,” he said.
“And that’s a real credit to our licenced premises.
“They’re occurring in the home, they’re occurring in public spaces.”
The increase in assaults could also be put down to more people reporting to police and a focus on family violence programs, according to Supt Johnson.
“Are they (assaults) occurring more? I’d say yes,” he said.
“But, part of that is our community have a confidence in reporting some of those to police.
“Our domestic violence focus has increased our assault reporting marginally, but not to the extent of the 30% increase that we’ve seen across this district.”
Unlawful entry to shops, homes and cars has presented a challenge for police over the past year, but a targeted focus on the solving those types of crimes and community awareness have helped keep “a lid on it”, Supt Johnson said.
“That’s really pleasing from my perspective,” he
“We have a very active CIB and property team on the Coast who target some of our recidivist offenders.
“Our property crime has remained fairly static... with some really good clear-ups.”
According to the stats, overall property crime have increased by 6.9% with unlawful entry to houses increasing by 12.7% and unlawful entry into shops and other premises decreasing by 22.1 and 12.8% respectively.
Overall the crime rate has increased by 3.5%.
One thing that is dramatically changing is the amount of criminals travelling to the Coast to commit crimes and the severity of those crimes.
“It still amazes me how brazen some of these criminals are,” Supt Johnson said.
“What we’ve seen over the last 12 months especially, offenders travelling from the South of this district from Brisbane and Gold Coast... to the Sunshine Coast to commit crime.
“It’s pretty attractive for an offender to travel that highway and return home.”
While car keys used to be considered safe if locked inside the home, an increase of cars being stolen during break-ins and used to commit further crimes means more extreme measures need to be taken to secure vehicles.
“It’s frustrating for police to attend crimes in which we consider to be preventable with simple strategies,” Supt Johnson said.
“There’s some simple steps for our community to prevent crime occurring and that’s around locking your houses and making sure vehicles are locked.”
Anyone wanting to report a crime or suspicious activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 13 14 44.
Anecdotally, we would suggest that assaults occur when people are affected by alcohol... but that’s not the case. — Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson