The crime rate in Queensland has continued its decade-long downward trend and has remained relatively stable over the last financial year, Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller said today.
Minister Miller and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart today released the Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review (ASR), which gives Queenslanders a snapshot of crime rates and trends across the state.
“Queensland continues to be a safer place to live, work and visit than it was ten years ago. The crime rate has dropped by 12 per cent since 2005/6 – continuing its decade-long downward trend,” Minister Miller said.
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“Year on year, 2014/15 saw crime remain relatively stable, with just a small increase of 0.4 per cent overall. We saw a 2.8 per cent drop in offences against the person and a 5.4 per cent drop in offences against property – and that is significant.
“While the ‘other’ offences category has increased 6.7 per cent, these include things like drug and public nuisance offences which are generally detected by police rather than reported by the public. This demonstrates a proactive commitment to policing across Queensland.”
Minister Miller said there had been significant reductions in the rate of a number of serious offences.
“We’ve seen a drop in armed robberies and assaults as well as unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful entry offences.
They are all down 22, three, 12 and 16 per cent respectively,” Minister Miller said.
We’ve also seen overall reductions in the crime rate across diverse areas of the state including Ipswich (down 4.9 per cent), Logan (down 4 per cent), the Southside (down 3.3 per cent) and the Capricornia District (down 6.2 per cent) – but there is more work to do.
“While it’s disappointing that there has been an increase of 13 per cent in breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders, the Palaszczuk Government has already moved to deal with this issue head on with a raft of actions and improvements to the way police handle complaints.
“It’s also not surprising to see an increase in the rate of drug offences by about 20 per cent given that over the past five years, the weight of police Ice seizures have increased more than 100 per cent. We must not lose sight of the fact that this also means that our police are nabbing more drug-peddlers and keeping more dangerous drugs off the street.”
“The results reported in this year’s Annual Statistical Review reflect sustained improvements in safety and quality of life for Queenslanders. I would like to thank all members of the Service, the community and our partners for their ongoing efforts and commitment,” Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said
KEY STATEWIDE CRIME FIGURES FOR 2014/15
Overall crime rate:
- Crime in Queensland has remained relatively stable, with a small increase of 0.4 per cent
Offences against the person:
- Overall rate of offences against the person decreased by 2.8 per cent.
- The number of homicide (murder) offences rose from 42 in 2013/14 to 53 in 2014/15.
- The assault rate decreased by 2.9 per cent.
- The number of assaults on police fell from 1495 offences in 2013/14 to 1344 offences in 2014/15.
- The number of rape and attempted rape offences increased from 1462 offences in 2013/14 to 1697 offences in 2014/15 which equals a rate increase of 14.2 per cent. The rate of other sexual offences increased by 6.6 per cent.
- The rate of robbery offences dropped by 17.7 per cent. Armed robbery offences decreased from 866 incidents in 2013/14 to 684 in 2014/15, representing a 21.9 per cent decrease.
- There was a 1.8 per cent rise in the rate of kidnapping and abduction offences when adjusted for population growth.
Offences against property:
- The rate of overall property offences decreased by 5.4 per cent.
- The rate of unlawful entry offences decreased by 15.9 per cent (a decrease of 5430 offences from 2013/14). There was a 19.1 per cent drop in unlawful entry of dwellings and a 6.7 per cent fall in unlawful entry into other premises. Unlawful entry of shops fell by 25.7 per cent in 2014/15.
- Arson offences fell by 59 offences, or 6.3 per cent 2014/15.
- The rate of other property damage offences fell by 13.1 per cent when adjusted for population growth.
- The number of instances of unlawful use of motor vehicle fell from 10,292 offences in 2013/14 to 9145 offences in 2014/15 with 1147 fewer offences being committed.
- The rate of other theft fell by 3.6 per cent.
- The overall rate of fraud offences increased by 26 per cent when adjusted for population growth. Computer fraud recorded a decrease of 94 offences and cheque fraud fell by 32.9 per cent, credit card fraud rose by 20.2 per cent, identity fraud rose 52.9 per cent and other fraud rose by 36.2 per cent.
- The overall crime rate for other offences increased by 6.7 per cent.
- The rate of drug offences increased by 20.4 per cent over this reporting period.
- The rate of prostitution offences increased by 15 per cent when population growth is considered.
- Liquor offences dropped by 12.1 per cent and good order offences rose by 2.8 per cent.
- The rate of Weapons Act offences increased by 20.4 per cent.