New figures showing a continued decrease across a range of crimes in the ACT, including public order offences such as drunk and disorderly behaviour being down 22% were welcomed today by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell.
The December 2012 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile, tabled in the Legislative Assembly today, also showed reductions in property crime with property damage down 18%, burglary/break and enter down 14% and robbery down 11%.
"Six months on from the release of the ACT Property Crime Reduction Strategy 2012-15, these results are a clear reflection of the Government's collaborative steps towards making Canberra a safer place to live," Mr Corbell said.
"A central component to this strategy is the multi-pronged approach delivered by ACT Policing to reduce volume crime. This includes intelligence led targeting of known offenders, raising community awareness and proactively patrolling public places to prevent property crime.
"These positive results demonstrate the hard work of our committed and responsive ACT Police Force as well as confidence our community has in ACT Policing. Reporting criminal or suspicious activity provides our officers with the information they need to investigate and fight crime.
"These results also highlight the strong partnership between ACT Policing and agencies such as the Office of Regulatory Services and it is clear that this is positively impacting on alcohol related violence in public places. The profile also showed significant decreases in assaults (down 12%), weapons offences (down 10%) and sexual offences (down 8%)."
Motor vehicle theft reported a quarterly decrease of 5% but a year on year increase of 12%. Car theft, like other high volume property crime, is susceptible to fluctuations. This was evident in the September 2012 quarter when a 31% quarterly decrease was reported alongside an 8% year on year increase. These results are further contrasted by five year trends for motor vehicle theft (from December 2007 to December 2012) which demonstrate a strong downward trend in this crime type.
"Overall this is a good result and highlights the collaborative approach being undertaken across government to reduce crime. These continued efforts will ensure that Canberrans remain safe in their homes and while out-and-about in the community," concluded Mr Corbell.
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