Simon celebrates crime stats

By 23 August, 2011 9

Simon Corbell’s happily announced a reduction of property crime in the latest statistics.

“The reported number of motor vehicle theft offences declined by 37.3 per cent burglary offences declined by 32.4 per cent, and property damage offences declined by 21.5 per cent,” Mr Corbell said.

“These statistics are a positive outcome for Canberrans and are the result of targeted policing activities on property related offences including vehicle theft.

Police have established a dedicated property crime team, with a specific focus on intelligence collection as well as on recidivist offenders including enforcing their bail conditions.

The statistics were detailed in the June 2011 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile, which was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

Crimes against people have also decreased with weapons and assault offences both decreasing by 14% over the previous quarter. Robbery offences, when compared to the twelve months to June 2010, have decreased by 20% in the past year.

Simon also believes his liquor laws have lowered the number of assaults.

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9 Responses to Simon celebrates crime stats
#1
Chop7112:33 pm, 24 Aug 11

or Mr Plod spent the month eating donuts and will catch up with you all over the summer months

#2
NickD7:58 pm, 24 Aug 11

Where have all the commenters who are always complaining about a crime wave and/or the police and judges gone? It looks like the justice system is, by and large, doing a good job.

#3
Reformed_Mass8:49 pm, 24 Aug 11

Mur-diddly-urders are up though.

#4
James_Ryan6:12 pm, 28 Aug 11

I’m not surprised that some crime rates are down, and I’m thinking here particularly about robbery offences being down 20 per cent. A friend caught two young blokes breaking in to a government establishment a week or two ago. His partner called the police as he was giving the offenders some grief about it. The police operator said “thanks for calling. Sounds like you’ve got it all in hand then?”

The operator finally agreed to alert a patrol when my friend’s partner stressed that a property crime was being committed at that very second, that they expected police to attend, and that they would not be leaving until a police officer came.

I reckon it’s pretty reasonable to assume that few crimes are being reported. That says nothing about the rate at which they’re being committed though.

#5
Wily_Bear10:22 pm, 28 Aug 11

The police operator said “thanks for calling. Sounds like you’ve got it all in hand then?”
Wow, if I had been there, I might have been tempted to interpret that comment as permission giving for a bit of rough justice.

Reminds me of a long ago time, when having finally cornered a lad breaking into my vehicle for the umpteenth time, the Police refused to attend. That was until I advised the operater I was heavily pregnant, very hormonal, and intended to extract remorse from his hide. A car was in attendance within 4 minutes. I received a lecture, he got a ride home with no further action taken. Still, my short time with him proved to be extremely rehabilitating. I haven’t seen him since

I would have to agree that Simons statistics in all likelihood reflect a decrease in crime reporting rather than a decrease in actual offences committed. It hardly seems worth the effort to report a property crime these days, and I would think this is particularly true for the already disadvantaged who are frequently uninsured.

#6
Tooks8:42 am, 29 Aug 11

Nice theory, but I’d say 100% of people (or close to) would report burglaries and car thefts to police, if only for insurance purposes. Same goes with robberies and most other serious crimes.

#7
Tooks8:44 am, 29 Aug 11

James_Ryan said :

I’m not surprised that some crime rates are down, and I’m thinking here particularly about robbery offences being down 20 per cent. A friend caught two young blokes breaking in to a government establishment a week or two ago. His partner called the police as he was giving the offenders some grief about it. The police operator said “thanks for calling. Sounds like you’ve got it all in hand then?”

That’s not a robbery.

#8
James_Ryan6:41 pm, 29 Aug 11

Tooks said :

That’s not a robbery.

That’s not the point.

#9
Deref6:58 pm, 29 Aug 11

Good job! Now the trick is to keep it up.

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