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Less sexual assault and burglary, more assault

By 25 June 2009 9

Simon Corbell has announced the tabling of the March 2009 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile.

    “I am very encouraged to see the reduction in the number of criminal cases in several of the major crime categories,” Mr Corbell said.

    “The most notable of these was a 22% decrease in sexual offences recorded in the 12 months to March 2009 when compared with the previous 12 months.

    “It is timely to remind Canberrans about the recent commencement of new legislation in the ACT that is designed to improve the way the criminal justice system responds to sexual related crimes.

    “These reforms are significant for victims of sexual and violent offences”, Mr Corbell said.

    Of the remaining major categories of crime recorded;

    – Motor vehicle theft and weapons offences saw a decrease in crime of greater than 10%.
    – Motor vehicle theft offences decreased in the 12 months to March 2009 by 12.2% in the previous 12 months.
    – Weapons offences decreased by 17.1% with 281 offences recorded in the 12 months to March 2009, compared with 339 for the previous 12 months.

    “While I am extremely pleased with these results in the 12 months to March 2009 I am concerned that there are still small increases in some offences”, Mr Corbell said.

    “Two categories of crime, including assaults and property damage, increased. The most notable of these was a 13.5% increase in assaults compared with the previous 12 months.”

    “The ACT Government recognises that there is often a link between assaults and alcohol consumption and is committed to addressing alcohol-related crime and behaviour.

So the tuggy thuggies are going to make it harder to get a drink?

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9 Responses to Less sexual assault and burglary, more assault
#1
Nosey8:36 pm, 25 Jun 09

“The ACT Government recognises that there is often a link between assaults and alcohol consumption and is committed to addressing alcohol-related crime and behaviour.

What a crock!

I have nothing further.

#2
Ian10:35 pm, 25 Jun 09

I await with interest Simon’s spin on the upsurge in murders when the next year’s statistics are issued.

#3
neanderthalsis9:54 am, 26 Jun 09

Ian said :

I await with interest Simon’s spin on the upsurge in murders when the next year’s statistics are issued.

He’ll blame the evil bikie menace and then claim that the new anti-bikie legislation will prevent any future murders.

#4
ant10:03 am, 26 Jun 09

WEll, if you were going to murder someone, ACT is the logical place to do it, isn’t it? One is least likely to be sent to gaol here for it, and if one happens to get the magistrate on a bad day, you’ll only go in for a token period.

#5
Tooks12:57 pm, 26 Jun 09

Ian said :

I await with interest Simon’s spin on the upsurge in murders when the next year’s statistics are issued.

What, all two of them?

#6
Clown Killer2:12 pm, 26 Jun 09

I await with interest Simon’s spin on the upsurge in murders when the next year’s statistics are issued.

I know what the answer will be already – more speed cameras!

#7
Ian2:19 pm, 26 Jun 09

#5 Tooks – 3 isn’t it? The Rebel and his mate, and there was another guy in Kambah or Wanniassa that got beaten to death.

#8
TAD2:41 pm, 26 Jun 09

Ian, I think even one of those you list doesn’t count.

In the last 12 months there have been 6 homicides in the ACT which is pretty consistent with the general Australia homicide rate of 1.5 per 100,000 population.

Now compare that with the rest of the world and other comparable sized cities and we are doing ok.

Washington DC (550,000 pop)- 30 per 100,000
USA – 4.3 per 100,000
South Africa- 49 per 100,000
Russia – 20 per 100,000
India – 3.4 per 100,000
Canada – 1.5 per 100,000
NZ – 1.1 per 100,000
UK – 1.4 per 100,000

And that is with 6 homicides. It’s usually 2 or 3 less, but with such a small number to begin with, minor fluctuations are meaningless.

#9
Furry Jesus12:19 pm, 12 Jun 11

So men are finally getting the message – stop attacking women – and turning on each other…

How about stopping the violence altogether?

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