South Brisbane policing district crime stats released

CRIME STATISTICS: 57,063 offences were recorded in the South Brisbane policing district for 2016-2017.
CRIME STATISTICS: 57,063 offences were recorded in the South Brisbane policing district for 2016-2017.

CRIME rates for South Brisbane, which includes the Redlands, have fallen by 1.3 per cent compared to last year, with 57,063 offences recorded.

Liquor offences have decreased but more people are having their homes, cars and shops broken into.

There has been a spike in the number of unlawful entries, with home break-ins increasing by 18.9 per cent.

In 2016/17, unlawful use of motor vehicles grew by 32.5 per cent, with unlawful entry into shops up by 0.1 per cent.

South Brisbane District Officer Acting Chief Superintendent Mick Niland said the rate of offences against property had increased by 8.4 per cent in the past year and urged the community to be vigilant.

“A lot of break-ins and property thefts are opportunistic and preventable,” he said.

“We urge the community to use all available security options on their property to prevent opportunistic thefts.”

The figures are contained in the Queensland Police Service’s statistical review, which demonstrated a reduction in fraud, drug and liquor offences across the district.

The review represents a comprehensive insight into the level and nature of crime reported in each district.

Over the past decade, South Brisbane district recorded decreases in rates of offences against the person and offences against property.

“When adjusted for population growth, the overall crime rate of offences against the person over the past 10 years decreased by 19.1 per cent and offences against property decreased by 15.3 per cent,” Superintendent Niland said. 

Fraud offences decreased an overall 16.5 per cent in 2016/17, despite an increase in some types of crimes.

Cheque fraud decreased by 21 per cent and credit card fraud was slashed by 21.8 per cent, while computer and identity fraud increased by 76.7 per cent and  32.1 per cent respectively.

Other types of fraud offences dropped by 17.1 per cent.

“Over the past 10 years, fraud offences have decreased by 18 per cent, however with ongoing advancements in technology, fraudulent activity continues to be prevalent in our community, with 2894 offences reported in the South Brisbane district over the past 12 months,” Superintendent Niland said.  

The number of liquor offences across the district decreased by 46.6 per cent.

“It is positive to see offences involving liquor decline in the district, however 93 in the past year is still too high and police will continue to provide a large presence in those areas,” he said.

While the rate of drug offences fell across the district by up to 17.1 per cent when adjusted for population growth, drug offences have increased by 30.9 per cent in the past decade.

“There were 9623 drug offences in 2016/17, compared to 11,454 in 2015/16,” Superintendent Niland said.  

In the South Brisbane district, the rate of Domestic and Family Violence Applications increased to 378 in 2016/17 from 361 in 2015/16, equivalent to a five per cent growth in the rate of applications per 100,000 person.

“In 2016/17, approximately 68 per cent of applications were police initiated,” Superintendent Niland said.

The number of breaches to Domestic and Family Violence Protection Orders increased to 2142 in 2016/17 from 1906 in 2015/16.

Superintendent Niland said the increase in reporting of domestic and family violence could be attributed to work being done by police and from the community gaining more confidence in reporting incidents.