Crime data shows crackdown working


Kawana families are safer with the Sunshine Coast experiencing one of the most significant reductions in crime in the state.

Kawana MP and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the Government’s strong plan for a brighter future was delivering safer Sunshine Coast streets, with police data showing robbery crimes have more than halved in the area, while break-ins were also down.

“Parents and families in Kawana tell me they want safer streets, and that’s why we’re committed to implementing strong reforms and revitalising frontline services for mums and dads across the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Bleijie said.

“We know that serious crime groups are behind many robbery and break-and-enter crimes and our new laws are giving police the resources and powers they need to break up these sophisticated criminal networks.”

The data shows over the last six months robbery crimes – including armed robbery and assault with intent to steal – dropped by a significant 54 per cent on the Sunshine Coast compared to the same period in 2012/2013.

This is one of the most significant reductions in crime in the state, Mr Bleijie said.

Unlawful entry crimes were down by 17 per cent across the Sunshine Coast when compared with 2012/13.

“These are great results that clearly demonstrate that the Government’s criminal crackdown is netting results. We’re fulfilling our commitment to make Queensland the safest place to raise a family,” Mr Bleijie said.

“As well as new criminal gang legislation, our recent law reforms are also good news for Queensland communities.”

These include mandatory life imprisonment for repeat child sex offenders, with an extended minimum non-parole period, as well as tougher laws dealing with cut and run sex offenders, animal torturers, match fixing cheats and looters.

“Through our youth justice reforms we’re also focused on stopping the cycle of crime – already our youth boot camps are achieving positive results.

“Nearly 100 young Queenslanders have taken part in the camps and parents and teachers have noticed big, positive changes in their behaviour.”