Materialistic Theft on the Rise, Sexual Abuse Declines: Reports

ACT Policing released statistics that depicted a significant hike in cases of materialistic theft while there is a decline in issues of sexual violence.

According to the report, the criminal cases filed in Canberra increased by 6.5 percent in 2015 as compared to the figures released in 2014. Car theft swung by 28.5 percent, while property destruction rose by 25.8 percent. Criminal offences against people increased to 20.8 percent along with theft cases at 15.5 percent and burglary at 11.9 percent. The report advocated sexual assault matters declined by three percent, whereas weapons and drug abuse crimes fell to 12 percent. Robbery complaints slipped to six percent.

ACT Policing’s acting superintendent of ministerial policy and performance Adrian Craft said that the report showed a very natural flow of rise and fall of criminal activities.“While it’s natural to see some ebbing and flowing in reports of crime, we’re pleased that the longer term trends show crime reports have not matched population growth,” A/Superintendent Craft said.

“Crime reports have remained 21 per cent lower in 2015 than 2010, despite a Canberra’s population growing about 10 per cent in the same period. As our city continues to grow, we’re committed to delivering a policing service that ensures Canberra remains one of the safest cities in Australia.”

The report indicated that with the increase in crime by more than one-third, Weston Creek became one of the hotspots of crime in the ACT region. Inner south also constituted one of the hotspots in the report with 20 percent rise in criminal activities. Others regions on the list of hot sports of crime included Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong. On the other hand, the areas where crime saw a dip included Woden and the Inner North.

Craft urged for community support in dealing with the crimes in the state besides their actions taken on the reported matters. “The community plays a significant role by reporting crime to police, by reporting suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers and by taking security measures to protect their property,” he said as quoted by the Canberra Times.

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