New strategy to target property crime
Motor vehicle, bicycle and other theft, unlawful entry with intent and property damage will be targeted in the ACT as part of the latest Property Crime Prevention Strategy.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell released the strategy today, which sets the objectives and priorities for ACT Policing and ACT Government for the next four years.
The Property Crime Prevention Strategy 2016-2020 aims to keep property crime down, building on the success of the previous property crime reduction strategy that resulted in a 41.5% reduction in burglary and 27.2% reduction in motor vehicle theft from a 2010 baseline.
“We know that many of these crimes are opportunistic or directed at easy targets, so the focus of this strategy is to reduce the opportunities for crime to occur,” Mr Corbell said.
“We will engage with the Canberra community to make property and places more secure and less appealing targets for criminal activity.
“This complements the Government’s investment in early intervention and work with those already engaged in the justice system through the Justice Reinvestment Strategy, the Blue Print for Youth Justice in the ACT and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Partnership.”
Mr Corbell said the strategy focuses on strengthening partnerships with the community while promoting personal responsibility for preventing property crime.
“Everyone has a role to play in preventing property crime and it is particularly important we support those who are more vulnerable and at risk of property crime,” Mr Corbell said.
“To support this, the government will look at how to make useful data more accessible to the community and how we can respond to trends and changes in the property crime environment together.”
An interagency forum will also be established to bring government, police and community organisations together to share the responsibility for preventing property crime.
“This will provide a platform to share information, consider a broad range of data and develop collaborative responses to spikes or changes in when, how and where property crime occurs,” Mr Corbell said.
“I would like to thank ACT Policing officers for their hard work and contribution to reducing property crime and commitment to keep targeting recidivist property crime offenders.
“The Government looks forward to continuing to work with ACT Policing as a key player in achieving the objectives of this strategy.”
The Strategy is available at www.justice.act.gov.au.
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