POLICE WAGE WAR ON CRIME
Officers’ ongoing fight for community safety
CHALLENGED with increased violence and crime statistics, regional police officers have tackled problems head-on in an effort to protect residents.
According to Queensland Police statistics, Chinchilla had 1029 incidents this year until the end of November.
The data stretches back to 2001, with 2018 claiming the highest incidence of trespassing and vagrancy, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order in that time.
Chinchilla officer-incharge Andrew Irvine said this year had a change in crime, notably a reduction in youth property crimes, with the recorded rates of breaching DV protection orders up due to police investigation.
“Our breach DVs are up because we have a strong team of people that are interested in investigations and we investigate everything to a high level so, if there’s any breach – anything to do with domestic violence – we’re all over it,” Sgt Irvine said.
As for unlawful use of motor vehicles, Sgt Irvine said it came back to a core issue: “We still have a very big problem with people not locking up their vehicles and
houses,” he said.
He said most offences occurred when people left keys, handbags and valuables in unlocked cars or homes.
Miles officer-in-charge Werner Crous said people needed to be vigilant, especially in the holidays.
On a positive note, one thing that stood out was the willingness of the community to assist police.
“They played a vital role in bringing people to justice,” he said.
“People haven’t shied away from that responsibility and I find it to be heartening.
“We’ve solved quite a few interesting matters that wouldn’t have been able to be solved without the help of the community, and our juvenile crime has gone down also as a result of the community assisting us.”
REFLECTING: Miles Police Sergeant Werner Crous says the community made a big difference in helping police bring criminals to justice.
Police remind residents lock their cars. to
Community cooperation is a big help.
46 assaults have occurred in Chinchilla.