South West District Overall Crime Increases…BUT…

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South West District Officer Acting Superintendent Mike Curtin today welcomed the release of the Queensland Police Service’s Statistical Review which demonstrated a reduction in drug, liquor and traffic offences across the district.

The Statistical Review represents a comprehensive insight into the level and nature of crime reported for each police district throughout Queensland.

The overall crime rate across the South West District from 2015/16 to 2016/17 increased by 5.4 percent to 15,642 offences.

Over the 10-year period from 2007/08 to 2016/17, South West District recorded an increase in the rate of offences against the person and against property.

Acting Superintendent Curtin says the overall crime rate of offences against the person over the past 10 years increased by 18.4 percent and offences against property increased by 5.5 percent.

In 2016/17, unlawful use of motor vehicles increased by 46.2 percent, unlawful entry into houses increased by 18.5 percent and unlawful entry into shops increased by 69.8 percent.

Acting Superintendent Curtin urges the community to be vigilant with the security to their houses, vehicles and other property items, with the rate of offences against property increasing by 14.9 percent in the past year.

“A lot of break-ins and property thefts are opportunistic and are preventable We urge the community to use all available security options on their property to prevent opportunistic thefts as a result of unlocked or unsecured property.”

“In addition to proactive and intelligence-led patrols, police will continue with proactive policing and community programs, such as the myPolice South West blog and Neighbourhood Watch groups to remind the community to be actively participating in crime prevention methods.”

Fraud offences increased by seven percent.

Cheque fraud decreased by 23.3 percent and other fraud decreased by 11.1 percent, while computer fraud increased from two in 2015/16 to seven in 2016/17, credit card fraud increased by 37.9 percent and identity fraud increased from three in 2015/16 to 24 in 2016/17.

Over the past 10 years fraud offences have decreased by 34 percent, however with ongoing advancements in technology, fraudulent activity continues to be prevalent in our community with 500 offences reported in the South West District over the past 12 months.

Acting Superintendent Curtin says this is a timely reminder to the community of the importance of adopting preventative measures and behaviours such as not providing personal information to unverified organizations or individuals, to ensure they are protected against fraud.”

The rate of drug offences across the district decreased by 0.2 percent in the past year.

There were 3,385 drug offences in 2016/17, compared to 3,404 in 2015/16.

The number of liquor offences across the district decreased by 20.4 percent.

The number of traffic and related offences across the district decreased by 4.7 percent.

“It is positive to see offences on our roads decline in the district, however 1,973 in the past year is still too high and police will continue to focus on traffic offences to ensure the roads are safe for everyone.”

In the South West District, the rate of Domestic and Family Violence Applications increased from 811 in 2015/16 to 829 in 2016/17, or two percent in the rate of applications per 100,000 person.

Acting Superintendent Curtin says in 2016/17, approximately 78 percent of applications were police initiated.

The number of breaches to Domestic and Family Violence Protection Orders increased from 674 in 2015/16 to 785 in 2016/17.

“The increase in reporting of domestic and family violence can be attributed to the proactive work being done by police in the district and from the community gaining more confidence in reporting incidents to police.”

The QPS is committed to working in partnership with the people of Queensland to provide professional policing services that will, over time, prevent and reduce the incidents of domestic violence in Queensland.”

The Annual Statistical Review 2016-17 is available on the QPS website.