Surprising Canberra Crime Statistics. Narrabundah a sexual assault hotspot

wompwap 26 June 2012 43
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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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PBO PBO 3:24 pm 13 Jul 12

They did have a rape advice centre there for a while but it shut down due to low attendance when people found out it was victim oriented.

EvanJames EvanJames 2:36 pm 13 Jul 12

neanderthalsis said :

johnboy said :

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

Peter Slipper and James Ashby having a drink at Das Kapital?

I didn’t see this one first time around! Not bad.

PBO PBO 11:32 am 27 Jun 12

Maybe it is because if you slowly mouth the word “Narrabunduh” without making a noise, it seems like you are trying to say something really dirty.

Me: Hello hot stuff, where are you from?
Her” Nahh-rub-bunnn-daaaahhhhh….
Me: Ok, lets go to my guvvie and have a Captain Cook at you then, you naughty minx.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:03 am 27 Jun 12

johnboy said :

The police media unit have offered this explanation:

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.

Peter Slipper and James Ashby having a drink at Das Kapital?

montana montana 8:59 am 27 Jun 12

Narrabundah has the sexiest women?

dundle dundle 4:23 pm 26 Jun 12

Crime info by suburb/area is mildly interesting but usually pretty meaningless when the number of offences are usually 1-3 (out of a population of thousands or tens of thousands). I doubt you could really infer anything from the statistics, particularly if multiple offences from one event are recorded together as per the Narrabundah blip.

bundah bundah 10:36 am 26 Jun 12

Tooks said :

bundah said :

tristero said :

From the Crime Stats report in the June 2012 Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter delivered to my area:

Acting Superintendent Meagher also cautioned that any analysis of statistics online should compare the same reporting period to provide an accurate assessment, and warned of statistical anomalies which do not accurately reflect the true crime picture.
“It is important for the community to understand there may be a straight-forward explanation for a spike in offences in their neighbourhood. “For example, sexual offences in Narrabundah increased from two in the January to March last year, to 32 in the first quarter of 2012. These 32 sexual offences relate to one historical case which was reported to police in January 2012, and which has been finalised.

If the sexual assaults occurred in the past why would ACT Police include them in the quarterly period when they were reported? Surely it would be more appropriate to amend the statistics to reflect the period when the assaults actually occurred.

What if they occurred 10 years ago?

Yes i agree it’s problematic however anyone viewing the current stats and taking them at face value especially those who live in Narrabundah could understandably be quite concerned. It is simply misleading.

Tooks Tooks 10:06 am 26 Jun 12

bundah said :

tristero said :

From the Crime Stats report in the June 2012 Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter delivered to my area:

Acting Superintendent Meagher also cautioned that any analysis of statistics online should compare the same reporting period to provide an accurate assessment, and warned of statistical anomalies which do not accurately reflect the true crime picture.
“It is important for the community to understand there may be a straight-forward explanation for a spike in offences in their neighbourhood. “For example, sexual offences in Narrabundah increased from two in the January to March last year, to 32 in the first quarter of 2012. These 32 sexual offences relate to one historical case which was reported to police in January 2012, and which has been finalised.

If the sexual assaults occurred in the past why would ACT Police include them in the quarterly period when they were reported? Surely it would be more appropriate to amend the statistics to reflect the period when the assaults actually occurred.

What if they occurred 10 years ago?

bundah bundah 9:37 am 26 Jun 12

tristero said :

From the Crime Stats report in the June 2012 Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter delivered to my area:

Acting Superintendent Meagher also cautioned that any analysis of statistics online should compare the same reporting period to provide an accurate assessment, and warned of statistical anomalies which do not accurately reflect the true crime picture.
“It is important for the community to understand there may be a straight-forward explanation for a spike in offences in their neighbourhood. “For example, sexual offences in Narrabundah increased from two in the January to March last year, to 32 in the first quarter of 2012. These 32 sexual offences relate to one historical case which was reported to police in January 2012, and which has been finalised.

If the sexual assaults occurred in the past why would ACT Police include them in the quarterly period when they were reported? Surely it would be more appropriate to amend the statistics to reflect the period when the assaults actually occurred.

johnboy johnboy 9:31 am 26 Jun 12

The police media unit have offered this explanation:

    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.

Lookout Smithers Lookout Smithers 11:46 pm 25 Jun 12

Sexual offences reported is not as indicative of sexual offences proven. Where do these stats come from? I do like the North and South debate though. It always yields a good giggle. How did that surface on a thread of this nature though? I am curious. JB, you are quite funny sometimes.

Lillypilly Lillypilly 11:33 pm 25 Jun 12

I don’t think Kaon got tried for that many counts?

Interested to know what case they all came from though

tristero tristero 9:36 pm 25 Jun 12

From the Crime Stats report in the June 2012 Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter delivered to my area:

Acting Superintendent Meagher also cautioned that any analysis of statistics online should compare the same reporting period to provide an accurate assessment, and warned of statistical anomalies which do not accurately reflect the true crime picture.
“It is important for the community to understand there may be a straight-forward explanation for a spike in offences in their neighbourhood. “For example, sexual offences in Narrabundah increased from two in the January to March last year, to 32 in the first quarter of 2012. These 32 sexual offences relate to one historical case which was reported to police in January 2012, and which has been finalised.

c_c c_c 9:32 pm 25 Jun 12

Narrabundah has a terrible feel about it. The shops, the back streets, and particularly the corner nearest Fyshwick.

As for suggestions of Aboriginal influence, well, the stats on Property Damage show a far higher number of incidents in Tuggeranong, does that mean teen mums are responsible? And in Gunghalin, where I note a large number of people from the Indian sub-contentent, the number of traffic infringements is noticeably lower. Does that mean all the practical training on the roads of Dehli and Mumbai are responsible?

Racial profiling is a terrible path to go down, both because it doesn’t tend to be accurate and such labels can potentially fuel certain elements to commit crime.

Antagonist Antagonist 8:52 pm 25 Jun 12

p1 said :

As a Belconnenite from Belcompton, I always though that “North Canberra” was everything on that map labeled Belco, Gungh, or Nth Canb, and that “South Canberra” was everything labeled Sth Canb, Western Ck, Woden or Tuggers.

That’s pretty much the gist of it, but there is no mention of the Narrabundah/Quangers anomoly. Kinda like the Taswegian third-head.

On a side-note, I recall in the late 1980’s when the only house on Gungahlin was owned by the O’Sullivan’ family. I knew three of the boys from Daramalan, then the youngest two at Kaleen High. Mullet haircuts, Flannies,and AC/DC immediately spring to mind. Gungers original settlers were hardcore bogans. I thought Gungers would end up more like Charnie, but they are kinda an odd variant of their own now.

aussielyn aussielyn 8:30 pm 25 Jun 12

Disturbing Statistic on sexual assaults in Narrabundah. I trust the AFP are on it and watertight cases are being built.
If you put Narrabundah next to Kambah, the two largest ACT suburbs, on the AFP site it reveals some interesting stats. MV related offences in Kambah are double Narrabundah. Belconnen has the most number of incidents.
Just one career criminal, with multiple offences, can really boost the stats; these raw stats do not show this.

benett benett 7:25 pm 25 Jun 12

Quick everyone! Here’s a chance to carelessly and ignorantly denounce your perceived “strongholds” of abhorrent locations! Take it away, keyboard warrior!!!

claire1013 claire1013 5:54 pm 25 Jun 12

Holden Caulfield said :

As an apparently blissfully ignorant northsider, I’d never heard the “north side is categorically a hotbed for crime” stereotype before.

I have lived north side for most of my life and still spend a lot of my time there. My family has since moved to the south side and there is a blatant stereotype about most of Belconnen amongst south siders. Just as a note I wasn’t perpetuating any stereotypes and if you look at the map most of the recorded crimes have occurred on the north side.

damien haas damien haas 5:51 pm 25 Jun 12

Skidd Marx said :

PS. Narrabundah is not affluent.

Au contraire, many parts of narrabundah are quite effluent.

damien haas damien haas 5:49 pm 25 Jun 12

If the narrabundah slasher is caught, i expect he may also be added to these stats…

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