Dar­ling Downs crime on the rise

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CRIME across the Dar­ling Downs has in­creased more than six per cent in the past year to to­tal 26,336 of­fences re­ported to po­lice.

The An­nual Sta­tis­ti­cal Re­view for 2016-2017 re­vealed a 2% in­crease in crime across the state, in­clud­ing a spike in the Dar­ling Downs.

Un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle (up 38% from the year prior) and un­law­ful en­try into houses (up 6.3%) were iden­ti­fied as among the high­est in­creases across all crime cat­e­gories.

Fraud of­fences in­creased by 17.7% while com­puter fraud de­creased by 10.7%, along with de­creases in cheque fraud (down 23.7%) and other fraud of­fences down by 47.6%.

Iden­tity fraud in­creased from 409 of­fences in the 2015-2016 fi­nan­cial year to 864 of­fences, or by 20.5%.

Dis­trict Of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Kelly said the in­crease was ad­justed for pop­u­la­tion growth in the Dar­ling Downs re­gion and while crimes tar­get­ing peo­ple had de­creased over the past decade, prop­erty crime had risen.

“A lot of un­law­ful en­try to mo­tor ve­hi­cle of­fences and other prop­erty thefts are op­por­tunis­tic and are pre­ventable,” Supt. Kelly said.

Supt. Kelly urged the com­mu­nity to adopt pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures and be cau­tious when pro­vid­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to the in­crease in fraud of­fences.

“Over the past 10 years the rate of fraud of­fences has stayed the same when ad­justed for pop­u­la­tion growth, how­ever with on­go­ing ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy, fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity con­tin­ues to be preva­lent in our com­mu­nity with 1203 of­fences re­ported in the Dar­ling Downs dis­trict over the past 12 months,” Supt. Kelly said.

Do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence ap­pli­ca­tions in­creased from 526 to 554 year on year, with about 70% of those ini­ti­ated by po­lice.

The num­ber of breaches to do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence pro­tec­tion or­ders in­creased from 882 to 964.

“Dar­ling Downs Dis­trict Po­lice will con­tinue to work with the com­mu­nity,” Supt. Kelly said.

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