New police statistics

By 8 July, 2013 17

There’s a pint in it for the reader who ferrets out the most interesting statistics from this:

ACT Policing has continued to experience a decline in offences across the board according to the latest quarterly crime statistics for 2013, which show a 14 per cent decrease across the ACT when compared with the same period in 2012.

All of the seven ACT regions defined by the ACT Policing CrimeStatistics webpage experienced a decrease when compared to the same quarter last year, with the steepest decline observed in Weston Creek (31 per cent), Woden (21 per cent) and Tuggeranong (20 per cent). The Inner North experienced the smallest decrease of 4 per cent (from 2900 reported in 2012 to 2782 in 2013).

There have been significant decreases in several offence types across the ACT when comparing the April-June 2013 quarter to the same period last year. This includes motor vehicle theft (down 38 per cent) and robbery (down 24.5 per cent). The only offence types that showed an increase from the same quarter last year were theft (5 per cent) and burglary (1 per cent).

The quarterly results are consistent with an 11 per cent decrease in offences overall when comparing the 2012-13 financial year to 2011-12. The decline over the past year continues a five-year downward trend in reported crimes and offences in the ACT.

When comparing the 2012-13 financial year to the previous year, several types of offences show significant decreases; robbery (down 34 per cent), motor vehicle theft (down 28 per cent), sexual assault (down 17 per cent) and burglaries (down 15 per cent). The only offence type that showed an increase from the previous financial year was theft (6 per cent).

ACT Policing Superintendent Justine Gough said although it is pleasing to see most offences are continuing to trend down it is important not to get complacent when it comes to combating crime.

“It is pleasing to see crime statistics reflecting the positive effects of initiatives such as the Alcohol Crime Targeting Team and Property Crime Reduction Strategy, which are both joint ACT Policing and ACT Government initiatives.”

“While ACT Policing efforts under the Property Crime Reduction Strategy are having a noticeable impact on motor vehicle theft, burglary and robbery – other property theft has plateaued over the past two years, showing only marginal fluctuations each quarter. This statistical information will contribute to ACT Policing’s property crime targeting moving forward.”

“ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention and Intelligence portfolios also work to develop strategies on emerging crime issues in the Canberra community. For example, District Intelligence Officers allocate tasks to align with station specific priorities and identify crime ‘hot-spots’ which address issues at a local community level.”

“Crime is cyclical and although we have enjoyed a positive result over the past year it is important ACT Policing is ready to adapt and evolve in order to meet any new challenges which arise in the future,” Superintendent Gough said.

The latest data is available on the interactive CrimeStatistics webpage at police.act.gov.au.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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17 Responses to New police statistics
#1
damien haas10:04 pm, 08 Jul 13

Burglaries down great – but what about burglary clearances, how many peoples stolen goods have been recovered and returned to them? I looked at that website and I cant figure it out.

#2
ToastFliesRED9:20 am, 09 Jul 13

In comparison with the quarter 2 AFP crime statistics reported 12 months ago in RA
http://the-riotact.com/motor-vehicle-thefts-on-the-rise-while-other-crimes-decline-in-reporting/77191

The use of the word “decrease/s” has increased by 200% from 2 to 6 mentions while the use of the word “increase/s” has decreased by 50% from 4 to 2. The use of the word “decline/s” has remained stable at 3.

#3
dungfungus10:44 am, 09 Jul 13

These statistics relate to “reported” offences only.
There is so much apathy about the non-responsive attitude of police in the community that the actual number of offences committed are probably twice what is reported here.

#4
bundah10:23 pm, 09 Jul 13

The new Police Chief Rudi Lammers made a rather important statement which would explain recent success in tackling crime.He said that Operation Anchorage targeted repeat offenders, who accounted for more than 70 per cent of arrests, and whose absence from the city streets contributed to an overall drop in crime of about 38 per cent over the year.

“We focussed very heavily on recidivist offenders, so known offenders, and through intelligence-lead policing we could actually identify which people to target more heavily. We targeted all the burglary and theft hotspots, but we also very heavily concentrated on repeat offenders, and made sure that we took those offenders out of circulation,” he said of Operation Anchorage.

#5
LSWCHP12:47 am, 10 Jul 13

bundah said :

The new Police Chief Rudi Lammers made a rather important statement which would explain recent success in tackling crime.He said that Operation Anchorage targeted repeat offenders, who accounted for more than 70 per cent of arrests, and whose absence from the city streets contributed to an overall drop in crime of about 38 per cent over the year.

“We focussed very heavily on recidivist offenders, so known offenders, and through intelligence-lead policing we could actually identify which people to target more heavily. We targeted all the burglary and theft hotspots, but we also very heavily concentrated on repeat offenders, and made sure that we took those offenders out of circulation,” he said of Operation Anchorage.

Colour me unsurprised.

It’s always appeared to me that there are a small number of career criminals committing a large proportion of the low level crime around town. I’m glad the cops have not only sussed this out, they’re actually doing something about it, with a measurable effect on crime figures. Good on them, and more power to them.

#6
IrishPete7:36 am, 10 Jul 13

bundah said :

The new Police Chief Rudi Lammers made a rather important statement which would explain recent success in tackling crime.He said that Operation Anchorage targeted repeat offenders, who accounted for more than 70 per cent of arrests, and whose absence from the city streets contributed to an overall drop in crime of about 38 per cent over the year.

“We focussed very heavily on recidivist offenders, so known offenders, and through intelligence-lead policing we could actually identify which people to target more heavily. We targeted all the burglary and theft hotspots, but we also very heavily concentrated on repeat offenders, and made sure that we took those offenders out of circulation,” he said of Operation Anchorage.

If they’d targeted a bit better the fatal hit and run outside Canberra Hospital last year might not have happened.

IP

#7
Deref8:18 am, 10 Jul 13

Considering all the posts here about offences which the Plod refuse to investigate, could the decline be a result of their simply ignoring reported crime?

#8
Tooks8:54 am, 10 Jul 13

IrishPete said :

bundah said :

The new Police Chief Rudi Lammers made a rather important statement which would explain recent success in tackling crime.He said that Operation Anchorage targeted repeat offenders, who accounted for more than 70 per cent of arrests, and whose absence from the city streets contributed to an overall drop in crime of about 38 per cent over the year.

“We focussed very heavily on recidivist offenders, so known offenders, and through intelligence-lead policing we could actually identify which people to target more heavily. We targeted all the burglary and theft hotspots, but we also very heavily concentrated on repeat offenders, and made sure that we took those offenders out of circulation,” he said of Operation Anchorage.

If they’d targeted a bit better the fatal hit and run outside Canberra Hospital last year might not have happened.

IP

What a disgraceful comment. You are an absolute imbecile.

#9
Tooks9:08 am, 10 Jul 13

Deref said :

Considering all the posts here about offences which the Plod refuse to investigate, could the decline be a result of their simply ignoring reported crime?

Like what? If it’s a criminal offence and they refuse to investigate, why are people not putting in complaints? Are people really that weak and pathetic that they’ll whinge here but not go to the source of the problem? I think I’ve answered my own question…

I’ll tell you now that if I reported an offence and they refused to investigate, they’d have one chance to explain themselves to my satisfaction before I involve the ombudsman. Seriously people, if you have a problem with the police, do something about it ffs.

#10
bundah9:09 am, 10 Jul 13

IrishPete said :

bundah said :

The new Police Chief Rudi Lammers made a rather important statement which would explain recent success in tackling crime.He said that Operation Anchorage targeted repeat offenders, who accounted for more than 70 per cent of arrests, and whose absence from the city streets contributed to an overall drop in crime of about 38 per cent over the year.

“We focussed very heavily on recidivist offenders, so known offenders, and through intelligence-lead policing we could actually identify which people to target more heavily. We targeted all the burglary and theft hotspots, but we also very heavily concentrated on repeat offenders, and made sure that we took those offenders out of circulation,” he said of Operation Anchorage.

If they’d targeted a bit better the fatal hit and run outside Canberra Hospital last year might not have happened.

IP

One can point to a combination of two factors that were responsible for that horrific incident.

Firstly,it was the genius of Refshauge who decided in his inimitable wisdom to release the POS on bail which should NEVER have occurred.The other factor is quite simply that the plod do not have sufficient resources to keep an eye on all the lowlife that are prematurely released,IMO, from the AMC so many will inevitably slip through the rather large cracks..

#11
IrishPete5:33 pm, 11 Jul 13

Tooks said :

What a disgraceful comment. You are an absolute imbecile.

Nope, I know this for a fact.

IP

#12
IrishPete5:42 pm, 11 Jul 13

bundah said :

One can point to a combination of two factors that were responsible for that horrific incident.

Firstly,it was the genius of Refshauge who decided in his inimitable wisdom to release the POS on bail which should NEVER have occurred.The other factor is quite simply that the plod do not have sufficient resources to keep an eye on all the lowlife that are prematurely released,IMO, from the AMC so many will inevitably slip through the rather large cracks..

There are others factors you are unaware of and which I am not at liberty to disclose (the court transcript might have disclosed them but didn’t). If the actions that the new top cop says they do, had been done, the perp would have been back behind bars (temporarily at least).

He was on bail for much less serious (? that’s a value judgement, but let’s just say for very different) offences at the time, having been sentenced to “time served” a couple of months earlier, after really long periods on bail and remand in custody – one of those offences was committed in November 2007. Go figure.

These are not the factors I am referring to, which I repeat I cannot disclose. But the system will never improve if it does not learn from its mistakes, and it has not acknowledged the mistakes made in this case.

IP

#13
bigred6:06 pm, 11 Jul 13

Unbelievable! For once I agree with the person posting as Tooks. People who complain here about police indifference and bad attitude should raise their reasonable concerns through official avenues. Then it is OK to go for it here.

#14
JC6:33 pm, 11 Jul 13

Tooks said :

Like what? If it’s a criminal offence and they refuse to investigate, why are people not putting in complaints? Are people really that weak and pathetic that they’ll whinge here but not go to the source of the problem? I think I’ve answered my own question…

I’ll tell you now that if I reported an offence and they refused to investigate, they’d have one chance to explain themselves to my satisfaction before I involve the ombudsman. Seriously people, if you have a problem with the police, do something about it ffs.

What a load of rot. Just because a crime has been committed doesn’t mean police resources can or should be justified in investigating. For example last week my house was egged, which is considered criminal damage. I reported it, but I don’t expect the coppers to come and catch the arsehole that did it. Now the reason I reported it was to give the police statistics so that they can target their patrols etc in the hope of maybe preventing this kind of thing. BTW egg is really hard to remove, I needed my pressure cleaner as the normal hose wouldn’t budge the yolk and it stunk for a few days afterwards.

Also 20 years ago I had my flat in Sydney knocked over and a VCR stolen. Again not the crime of the century and probably zero chance of catching them. So yes I reported the crime and no I didn’t expect, nor did I get a visit from the detectives, the dog squad and the tactical response team.

So be realistic in your expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

#15
bundah7:22 pm, 11 Jul 13

@ IP

I am aware that Monfries has had a disturbed developmental history from a young age.In fact it would be fair to say that his intellectual disability would clinically render him an idiot given that he was unable to read or write in Year 10.It is undeniable that Monfries chose to abuse alcohol,cannabis,amphetamines,methamphetamine and inhalants all of which effectively contributed to creating a monster who Refshauge let loose on society.

Refshauge determined that even though he accepted that Monfries was intellectually disabled with a myriad of mental problems he was fit to plead.He then released him on bail rather than detaining him behind bars.We all now know what transpired as a result of that flawed judgement.

#16
IrishPete9:09 pm, 11 Jul 13

bigred said :

Unbelievable! For once I agree with the person posting as Tooks. People who complain here about police indifference and bad attitude should raise their reasonable concerns through official avenues. Then it is OK to go for it here.

Those would be the official avenues that would get you fired or prosecuted for disclosing confidential information? There is no whistleblower protection for reporting incompetence. It is reasonable to expect that the “system” should engage in self-scrutiny, admit and learn from its mistakes. It rarely does. Note the story today of the man who discharged himself from AMHU and rammed the gates of the USA embassy. Will the system say “mea culpa” and fix itself, or will it just trundle along as usual? My bet is on the latter. Yet think how badly that incident could have ended.

IP

#17
dungfungus8:18 am, 12 Jul 13

IrishPete said :

bigred said :

Unbelievable! For once I agree with the person posting as Tooks. People who complain here about police indifference and bad attitude should raise their reasonable concerns through official avenues. Then it is OK to go for it here.

Those would be the official avenues that would get you fired or prosecuted for disclosing confidential information? There is no whistleblower protection for reporting incompetence. It is reasonable to expect that the “system” should engage in self-scrutiny, admit and learn from its mistakes. It rarely does. Note the story today of the man who discharged himself from AMHU and rammed the gates of the USA embassy. Will the system say “mea culpa” and fix itself, or will it just trundle along as usual? My bet is on the latter. Yet think how badly that incident could have ended.

IP

How come these mentally disturbed people can be released from treatment facilities and still retain their driver’s licences? If you have a problem detected by your GP that is going to affect your driving that doctor is obliged to take steps to stop you driving.
In the hands of a mentally troubled person, a motor vehicle becomes a lethal weapon (Monfries for example). Obviously, some people who lose their licenses will still attempt to drive but some effort should be made to stop them.

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