Capricornia crime down but more sex, drug, fraud offences
CRIME in Capricornia has dropped more than 6% in the past financial year but there has been an increase in the rate of sexual, drug and fraud offences.
There were 838 sexual offences, 7970 drug offences and 1538 frauds reported in 2014-15.
Credit Card fraud increased 19.3% and identity fraud rose 26% but the overall fraud rate fell 4.7%.
There were six homicides and two attempted murders in the same period.
But Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said there were decreases in the rate of serious offences such as assault (down 5.7%), robbery (down 1.6%) and unlawful use of a motor vehicle (down 11.7%).
The Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review, which was released today, provides locals with a snapshot of crime rates and trends across the district.
The Capricornia police district includes Rockhampton and Gladstone.
"What the data shows is that the Capricornia is a safer place to live, work and visit than it was this time last year - and that is a great thing," Mr Byrne said.
Mirani MP Jim Pearce said positive partnerships between police and the community were helping property crime rates fall across the district.
"We know that when the police and the community work together, we can achieve great things - and that's what we're seeing across the Capricornia," Mr Pearce said.
"It's great to see the rate of offences such as break and enters - which locals can do a lot to help prevent - down by 9%.
"There has also been a massive drop in the rate of shop break-ins, with a 35% fall.
"Sadly though, we have seen an increase in the rate of sexual offences, drug offences and some kinds of fraud.
"While that's concerning to me, it also means more people are coming forward and reporting cases to police for investigation."
Mr Byrne said it was important to reinstate the annual statistical review to ensure locals had a clear picture of what was going on across their district.
"When comparing crime statistics, you can't compare apples to oranges and you can't cherry-pick," she said.
Mr Pearce said she looked forward to working with local police on further reducing crime across the area.
"The community have a huge role to play in crime prevention and I will continue to work closely with locals and our police to ensure the safety and security of our beautiful region," he said.
Capricornia District crime rate has decreased by 6.2%
Offences against the person:
The overall crime rate of offences against the person fell 5.2% in 2014-15.
The number of murder offences increased from zero in 2013-14 to three in 2014-15.
The rate of assault offences decreased 5.7%.
The rate of rape and attempted rape offences rose 12%. The rate of other sexual offences increased 18%.
The rate of robbery offences decreased 1.6% when adjusted for population growth. The number of armed robbery offences increased from 16 in 2013-14 to 26 in 2014-15.
The rate of other offences against the person including kidnapping and abduction offences decreased 33.1%.
Offences against property:
The overall crime rate of offences against property fell 9.3% in the past 12 months.
The rate of break-ins in the Capricornia District dropped 9%. Unlawful entry to houses increased 2.5% while unlawful entry into shops decreased 35.5% and unlawful entry into other premises fell 18.3%.
The number of arson offences increased from 44 offences in 2013-14 to 61 offences in 2014-15.
The rate of other property damage offences fell 14.9% when population growth is taken into consideration.
The rate of unlawful use of motor vehicle offences fell 11.7%.
The rate of other theft offences fell 8.1%.
The rate of fraud offences decreased 4.7%. Computer fraud decreased 44.9%, cheque fraud fell 48.5% and other fraud 11.6% per cent. Credit Card fraud increased 19.3% and identity fraud rose 26%.
The overall rate of other offences decreased 4.4% in the past 12 months.
The rate of drug offences increased 2.6% when adjusted for population growth.
The number of prostitution offences remained the same one offence in 2013-14 and one offence in 2014-15.
The rate of liquor offences decreased 16.8%.
The rate of weapons act offences increased 6.6% when adjusted for population growth.
The rate of good order offences fell 4.6%.