Facts show crime wave not ebbing

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IT SEEMS the La­bor State Govern­ment has run out of places to hide when it comes to ad­dress­ing Townsville’s never- end­ing crime wave.

The lat­est Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice crime statistics, re­leased yes­ter­day, show that in key of­fence ar­eas, Townsville is twice as bad, per capita, than the cap­i­tal Bris­bane.

It will shock no one, par­tic­u­larly the thou­sands of in­no­cent lo­cal res­i­dents whom thieves prey upon each night, that break- ins have gone through the roof in the past year.

For ev­ery 100,000 res­i­dents, 1396 break- ins hap­pen; in Bris­bane, the rate is 665 per 100,000.

How can lit­tle old Townsville’s rate of break- ins really be dou­ble that of our state’s cap­i­tal, with its pop­u­la­tion den­sity and ur­ban sprawl?

Our com­mu­nity has con­sis­tently been let down by a govern­ment that is ei­ther too stub­born to ad­mit its poli­cies are wrong or is sim­ply ig­no­rant of the prob­lems oc­cur­ring in our city.

We are re­peat­edly told that the sys­tem works, that the way to solve the prob­lem is just a mat­ter of be­liev­ing in a re­form- based ap­proach that seem­ingly turns out young ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers as quickly as our coura­geous po­lice haul them in.

As Townsville district of­fi­cer Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Kevin Gut­teridge ex­plained to re­porters yes­ter­day, the city is in the grips of a youth crime epi­demic but the group of of­fend­ers re­spon­si­ble is small.

So what is the an­swer? What should be done to keep our homes safe and our cars in our garages?

It is clear that what­ever the “so­lu­tion” is at the mo­ment, it’s not work­ing. Townsville res­i­dents are tired of ris­ing in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums, scared of bumps in the night and ab­so­lutely sick of be­ing pat­ted on the head by our ar­ro­gant govern­ment lead­ers.

It will only be a mat­ter of time be­fore some­thing truly tragic oc­curs on our streets, be it a stolen car crash­ing or, heaven for­bid, an in­no­cent be­ing in­jured or killed de­fend­ing their home.

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