CQ po­lice tackle key crime rates

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - Steph Allen stephanie.allen@cap­news.com.au

PO­LICE in Capri­cor­nia are mak­ing in­roads into curb­ing the rates in a num­ber of key crime ar­eas, but there’s still plenty of work to do.

Rock­hamp­ton’s shock­ing phys­i­cal and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence lev­els have dropped 1.8% in the past year, new crime fig­ures show.

Over­all, the crime rate has in­creased by 0.7% to 26,104 of­fences since last year, the district’s an­nual sta­tis­ti­cal re­view for 2016/17 shows.

Rob­beries across the district dropped 5.3%, bring­ing the fall to 19.5% over the past 10 years. Store break-ins fell 9.2%. Al­co­hol of­fences dra­mat­i­cally de­creased by 33.2%.

“It is pos­i­tive to see of­fences in­volv­ing liquor de­cline in the district, how­ever 291 in the past year is still too high and po­lice will con­tinue to pro­vide a large pres­ence in those ar­eas,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Ron Van Saane said.

How­ever, within the past year there has been in in­crease in crime in ar­eas such as un­law­ful ve­hi­cle use (up by 21.9%), pro­tec­tion or­der breaches (up by 22.3%), and home break-ins (up by 22.5%).

“A lot of break-ins and

❝It is pos­i­tive to see of­fences in­volv­ing liquor de­cline... — Supt Ron Van Saane

prop­erty thefts are op­por­tunis­tic and are pre­ventable,” Supt Van Saane said.

Rock­hamp­ton In­spec­tor David Peff yes­ter­day fronted me­dia and spoke about some of the ini­tia­tives po­lice were rolling out to tackle crime. This in­cludes Rock­hamp­ton po­lice un­der­go­ing a push bike train­ing course on Novem­ber 13-14.

Insp Peff said the bike pa­trols were pre­dicted to be more ef­fec­tive at catch­ing of­fend­ers as they were qui­eter than po­lice cars and could ma­noeu­vre more dif­fi­cult ar­eas.

He said the most preva­lent in­crease in crime was in fraud ac­tiv­ity, with an 81.4% in­crease in the past 10 years, and 41.2% in the last year. Insp Peff cred­ited the in­crease in crime par­tic­u­larly fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity, with 1476 of­fences recorded, to the loss of em­ploy­ment in the district.

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