City battens down the hatches

GLADSTONE residents are barring their windows and battening down the hatches and it seems to be paying off.

Despite high crime statistics at the turn of 2000, Gladstone residents' eye on security and Gladstone police strategies have seen break-ins around the region

halve. More than 1000 break-ins were reported in the 2000/2001 financial year but last year that dropped to 677.

Senior Sergeant Mike Dixon said the figures for 2004/2005 so far were lower again on the 2003/2004 figures.

He attributed this to police strategies and to an increased vigilance and awareness by local residents. He advised residents to secure their homes, complete a security audit, keep valuables out of sight and engrave property.

"They should be given credit for taking these preventative measures,'' he said.

Previous high numbers of incidents had focused police atten-tion on areas of concern including break-ins and assaults. In 2000 Gladstone went over the state rates for assault and continued to rise.

Between November 2001 and March 2002 there was an increase in assaults and strategies were developed to reduce the number of assaults.

These strategies included targeting alcohol related offences and other problem areas. The 2004/2005 results have so far shown assault has been reduced significantly and have the numbers come just under the state average in the past 12 months.

The crime level in Gladstone continues to drop and including significant reductions in break and enter, stealing and fraud.



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