Despite the spin from the Police Ministers’ office, Member for Warrego Ann Leahy says a through ‘drill down’ on latest crime stats released in the past month clearly show that crime in the South West, is on the rise and she says rising in all the wrong ways.
Ms Leahy says more and more Queenslanders are now fearful of walking the streets and are afraid in their homes.
She says her drill down on the stats, listed in the 2016-17 QPS Annual Statistical Review show that compared to the previous financial year in South West Region robbery is up 4.8 per cent, with Armed robbery is up 25 per cent.
“Car theft and hooning (unlawful use of a motor vehicle) is up 46.9 per cent, Fraud is up 9.4 per cent Unlawful entry is up 8 per cent.”
“Assault is up 5.8 per cent.”
Ms Leahy says the numbers provide a shocking insight into the changes that have occurred in the region since the current government came to power and began to water down the previous governments’ tougher stance on crime.
“As a result of the strong laws and additional resources provided by the LNP Government in late 2013, crime rates across the state dramatically dropped.”
“Across Queensland in 2014, this meant that assaults fell by 3.7 per cent, robbery was down by 24.8 per cent, unlawful entry plummeted by 17.4 per cent and car theft dived by 19.4 per cent. In all, 696 fewer Queenslanders were assaulted, 434 fewer Queenslanders were robbed, 6960 fewer homes were broken into and 2244 fewer cars were stolen.”
“In a little under three years, Labor’s softly, softly, slap-on-the-wrist policies have trashed this record and sent crime on the rise.”
“Residents deserve better than to live in fear in their own homes because of Labor’s soft-on-crime approach.”