PO­LICE WAGE WAR ON CRIME

Of­fi­cers’ on­go­ing fight for com­mu­nity safety

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Brooke Duncan [email protected]­chillanews.com.au

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 vig­i­lant

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.”

PHOTO: BROOKE DUNCAN

RE­FLECT­ING: Miles Po­lice Sergeant Werner Crous says the com­mu­nity made a big dif­fer­ence in help­ing po­lice bring crim­i­nals to jus­tice.

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Po­lice re­mind res­i­dents lock their cars. to

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Com­mu­nity co­op­er­a­tion is a big help.

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46 as­saults have oc­curred in Chin­chilla.

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