Alarming spike in crime across the Gold Coast

New figures have confirmed crime is on the rise across the Gold Coast, with the level of increase higher than that of the whole State.

According to the 2018-19 Crime Report released on Tuesday, there was a total of 62,917 offences reported on the Gold Coast in that period.

That’s an increase of 6 per cent on 2017-18, while across Queensland, the increase was 3.7 per cent.


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The spike has been led by an increase in assaults, robberies, and property and drug offences while there’s been a concerning jump in breaches of domestic violence orders.

There was an increase of 18 per cent in overall assaults, rising from 2924 in 2017-18 to 3,473 in 2018-19.

There was a total of 300 armed and unarmed robberies reported on the Gold Coast, an increase of more than 13 per cent.

Property offences including break and enters and property damage rose almost 6 per cent to 35,519.

Of those, there was 7,983 reported cases of unlawful entry, including to homes and businesses.

Drug offences have risen 11 per cent, up from 7727 to 8620 while there was 2,313 unlawful use of a motor vehicle offences, a rise of more than 6 per cent.

The Gold Coast has one of the highest rates of domestic violence order breaches in Queensland, second only to Townsville.

There was 2559 breaches recorded in 2018-19, an increase of 12.6 per cent.

The release of the annual report comes amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic is causing another immediate spike in crime across the Gold Coast.

Police sources have told myGC they are seeing an increase in break-ins and stolen cars, with many cases involving juveniles.

They say the closure of the border has also severely limited the illicit drug trade, which has seen some people take desperate measures.

There’s been a spate of break-ins at chemists across the Gold Coast in recent days, with five hit in one night on Sunday.

Police last night arrested ten people, mostly juveniles, over a string of car thefts and pharmacy robberies on Monday night.

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But Commissioner Katarina Carroll says statewide, the figures over the last few weeks don’t show any significant increase in crime.

Commissioner Carroll says the restrictions on people’s movements have seen a slight drop in robberies and unlawful entry to homes.

Cases of break-ins to businesses were steady while there was a slight drop in car thefts, and a significant decrease in assaults.

“It has only been a short period,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We need to keep our eye on this in the next few weeks because there will be some interesting trends that will result.”

 

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