South Brisbane District Officer Acting Chief Superintendent Mick Niland today welcomed the release of the Queensland Police Service’s Statistical Review which demonstrated a reduction in fraud, liquor and drug offences across the district which includes Redlands, Wynnum an adjoining areas.
The Statistical Review represents a comprehensive insight into the level and nature of crime reported for each police district throughout Queensland.
The overall crime rate across the South Brisbane District from 2015/16 to 2016/17 decreased by 1.3 percent to 57,063 offences.
Over the 10-year period from 2007/08 to 2016/17, South Brisbane District recorded a decrease in the rate of offences against the person and against property.
Acting Chief Superintendent Niland says when adjusted for population growth, the overall crime rate of offences against the person over the past 10 years decreased by 19.1 percent and offences against property decreased by 15.3 percent.
In 2016/17, unlawful use of motor vehicles increased by 32.5 percent, unlawful entry into houses increased by 18.9 percent and unlawful entry into shops increased by 0.1 percent.
But Acting Chief Superintendent Niland urges the community to be vigilant with the security to their houses, vehicles and other property items, with the rate of offences against property increasing by 8.4 percent in the past year.
“A lot of break-ins and property thefts are opportunistic and are preventable. We urge the community to use all available security options on their property to prevent opportunistic thefts because of unlocked or unsecured property.”
“In addition to proactive and intelligence-led patrols, police will continue with proactive policing and community programs, such as the myPolice blogs and Neighbourhood Watch groups to remind the community to be actively participating in crime prevention methods.”
Fraud offences decreased by 16.5 percent.
Cheque fraud decreased by 21 percent, credit card fraud decreased by 21.8 percent. Other fraud decreased by 17.1 percent.
Computer fraud increased by 76.7 percent and identity fraud increased by 32.1 percent.
Acting Chief Superintendent Niland says over the past 10 years fraud offences have decreased by 18 percent.
“However, with ongoing advancements in technology, fraudulent activity continues to be prevalent in our community with 2,894 offences reported in the South Brisbane District over the past 12 months.”
“This is a timely reminder to the community of the importance of adopting preventative measures and behaviours such as not providing personal information to unverified organizations or individuals, to ensure they are protected against fraud.”
The number of liquor offences across the district decreased by 46.6 percent.
The rate of drug offences decreased across the district by 17.1 percent in the past year however has increased over the past 10 years by 30.9 percent.
There were 9,623 drug offences in 2016/17, compared to 11,454 in 2015/16 In the South Brisbane District, the rate of Domestic and Family Violence Applications increased from 361 in 2015/16 to 378 in 2016/17, or five percent in the rate of applications per 100,000 person.
In 2016/17, approximately 68 percent of applications were police initiated.
The number of breaches to Domestic and Family Violence Protection Orders increased from 1,906 in 2015/16 to 2,142 in 2016/17.
Acting Chief Superintendent Niland says the increase in reporting of domestic and family violence can be attributed to the proactive work being done by police in the district and from the community gaining more confidence in reporting incidents to police.
“The QPS is committed to working in partnership with the people of Queensland to provide professional policing services that will, over time, prevent and reduce the incidents of domestic violence in Queensland.”
The Annual Statistical Review 2016-17 is available on the QPS website.