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Surprising Canberra Crime Statistics. Narrabundah a sexual assault hotspot

By claire1013 - 25 June 2012 44

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Canberra is renowned for its North/South divide and the stereotypes that go with it. The north side is categorically a hotbed for crime whereas the south is home to Canberra’s upper class. But do the stereotypes really fit the book? ACT Policing have introduced an interactive map on their website that shows the crime related statistics for the districts of Canberra for the 1st quarter of 2012. This ranges from traffic infringements (with over 3500 notices across Canberra) to homicide.

At first glance the inner south of Canberra seems to be just as bad as every other district, making up about 13% of the totalled crime for the capital. However, upon further inspection of certain areas of crime, the richer suburbs of Canberra no longer seem so pious. South Canberra makes up an astonishing 34.8% of the recorded sexual assault claims in the ACT.

Initially RiotACT HQ held a closer proximity to Queanbeyan responsible for the figures. One thing that the map allows you to do is scroll in and see the number of infringements, assaults etc. that particular suburbs had. This tool allows you to see that all counts of sexual assault in the inner south happened in Narrabundah.

Has anyone got any theories to explain these strange statistics?

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[ED – We’ve asked the ACT Policing Media Unit for comment on this alarming statistical blip and will share it when we get it]

UPDATE 26/06/12 09:28: This in from the media unit:

The increase in the number of reported sexual assaults in the inner south relate to one historic sexual assault incident reported to police during the Jan-Mar reporting period. The crime maps are based on when the crime is reported to police.

Without going into details, that one report had 32 offences recorded against it.

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Surprising Canberra Crime Statistics. Narrabundah a sexual assault hotspot
Reprobate 4:51 pm 25 Jun 12

Narrabundah is also a mere stone’s throw from a (in)famous school for boys…

G-Fresh 4:51 pm 25 Jun 12

White Commodore overlay. Go.

eh_steve 4:45 pm 25 Jun 12

Doesn’t surprise me. I think it is pretty well known that the Red Hill side of Narrabundah is the nice area, but when you head towards the shops things get pretty nasty.

It isn’t about pointing the finger at any one group, and for the record Boomanulla Oval is one of this community’s best facilities. If you aren’t familiar with their work you should check it out.

Also, is it just me or if you look at the dust trail behind the street view car here, does it look like the driver went for a bit of handbrake action? http://maps.google.com/maps?q=narrabundah&hl=en&ll=-35.337973,149.154365&spn=0.00007,0.075445&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=59.727033,154.511719&hnear=Narrabundah+Australian+Capital+Territory,+Australia&t=m&z=15&layer=c&cbll=-35.337973,149.154365&panoid=n-IEg1Ifur8smPyz3EU55g&cbp=12,102.68,,0,8.74

chewy14 4:41 pm 25 Jun 12

I’m guessing it’s a mistake.

Skidd Marx 4:41 pm 25 Jun 12

Until the cops start publishing per-capita rates these statistics will continue to be meaningless.

PS. Narrabundah is not affluent.

Baldy 4:26 pm 25 Jun 12

johnboy said :

People; in the absence of any evidence that these assaults were indigenous I’m going to rule that the inference is racist.

That line of discussion is not going any further.

Well done JB.

johnboy 4:23 pm 25 Jun 12

People; in the absence of any evidence that these assaults were indigenous I’m going to rule that the inference is racist.

That line of discussion is not going any further.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 4:16 pm 25 Jun 12

KarlG said :

Is it racism if it’s true?
I thought racism was imputing a characteristic or behaviour on all people coming from a particular race. You must remember that our indigenous brothers are over-represented in our prison system. This could be because a) the system is racist or b) they offend more.

Or (c) Both.

Jungle Jim 4:13 pm 25 Jun 12

SnapperJack said :

claire 1013 said:

“all counts of sexual assault in the inner south happened in Narrabundah.

Has anyone got any theories to explain these strange statistics?”

Erm claire, are you aware that Narrabundah is home to Boomanulla Oval, Winnunga Boxing, Gugan Gulwan and the Indigenous health service?

I think you get the picture by now.

Umm, Gugan Gulwan is in Wanniassa and the Winnunga Boxing Club is in Fyshwick. Get yer facts straight before trying to troll with your racism.

EvanJames 4:08 pm 25 Jun 12

“South Canberra makes up an astonishing 34.8% of the recorded sexual assault claims in the ACT.
Initially RiotACT HQ held a closer proximity to Queanbeyan responsible for the figures.”

Images of the Rapists of Queanbeyan conducting raids down Canberra Avenue…

Diggety 4:03 pm 25 Jun 12

SnapperJack said :

claire 1013 said:

“all counts of sexual assault in the inner south happened in Narrabundah.

Has anyone got any theories to explain these strange statistics?”

Erm claire, are you aware that Narrabundah is home to Boomanulla Oval, Winnunga Boxing, Gugan Gulwan and the Indigenous health service?

I think you get the picture by now.

As much as I’d like to lazily accept your theory, the other incident type stats don’t quite support it.

KarlG 3:56 pm 25 Jun 12

Is it racism if it’s true?
I thought racism was imputing a characteristic or behaviour on all people coming from a particular race. You must remember that our indigenous brothers are over-represented in our prison system. This could be because a) the system is racist or b) they offend more.

NoAddedMSG 3:52 pm 25 Jun 12

Ergh, if it’s not a stats error, is there a serial rapist out there we haven’t been told about?

Eppo 3:35 pm 25 Jun 12

SnapperJack said :

I think you get the picture by now.

You’re racist?

SnapperJack 3:26 pm 25 Jun 12

claire 1013 said:

“all counts of sexual assault in the inner south happened in Narrabundah.

Has anyone got any theories to explain these strange statistics?”

Erm claire, are you aware that Narrabundah is home to Boomanulla Oval, Winnunga Boxing, Gugan Gulwan and the Indigenous health service?

I think you get the picture by now.

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