Crime drops by 18pc in the re­gion

Albany Extra - - News - Tim Ed­munds

The Great South­ern has ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in crime, with an­nual sta­tis­tics show­ing of­fences in all cat­e­gories down by 18 per cent in the past year.

In a re­view of crime sta­tis­tics for the past fi­nan­cial year, the Great South­ern dis­trict recorded the big­gest de­crease in crime of any po­lice dis­trict in re­gional WA.

Great South­ern po­lice dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Do­minic Wood said while crime was down across the State, it was pleas­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the great­est re­duc­tion in re­gional ar­eas.

“Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year, there has been a de­crease of 18.2 per cent in all of­fence cat­e­gories,” he said.

“Even though of­fend­ing num­bers can of­ten fluc­tu­ate up and down from year to year, it is also pleas­ing to see that we were also down this year by just over 1000 of­fences (1020) than the five-year av­er­ages.” The out­go­ing top cop, who hands the reins to new Supt Ian Clarke, said the fo­cus would con­tinue to be on pre­vent­ing crime.

“We will con­tinue to fo­cus our ef­forts on those vol­ume crime of­fences that have the big­gest im­pact on the pub­lic such as il­licit drug sup­ply, bur­glary, steal­ing and as­saults, par­tic­u­larly fam­ily-re­lated vi­o­lence.

“I am ex­tremely pleased with the ef­forts of all my of­fi­cers and staff, es­pe­cially the proac­tive ap­proach to tar­get­ing known crime hotspots and re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers and the tremen­dous team ap­proach where sta­tions and sup­port staff come to­gether to as­sist a lo­cal area with a par­tic­u­lar lo­cal crime prob­lem.”

Supt Wood said the com­mu­nity con­tin­ued to play a vi­tal role in help­ing po­lice.

“We still need the on­go­ing sup­port of the com­mu­nity to take the se­cu­rity of their be­long­ings se­ri­ously, such as lock­ing bikes and con­duct­ing a se­cu­rity re­view of their premises, but also to re­port sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, ei­ther to their lo­cal sta­tion or anony­mously through Crime Stop­pers,” he said.

“One fi­nal piece of in­for­ma­tion from just one mem­ber of the pub­lic to Crime Stop­pers might just be that last piece of the puzzle we need to take out an of­fender and help min­imise harm to the com­mu­nity.”

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