Region's crime rate down: Police

POLICE have announced a one per cent reduction in the region's crime rate following the release of the latest State-wide crime statistics.

Warwick and Stanthorpe form part of the Queensland Police Southern Region - along with Ipswich and Toowoomba - with Assistant Commissioner Stephan Gollschewski overall, the Southern Region statistics reflected "proactive police work and strong community partnerships".

"The number of assaults, sexual offences and robberies are down across the region," said the Assistant Commissioner.

"I am pleased with the five per cent reduction in assaults, particularly an eight per cent reduction in the number of serious assaults, which represents a drop of 69 recorded offences.

"We have also seen a drop in common assaults with a four per cent reduction."

Assistant Commissioner Gollschewski said although overall sexual offences had decreased by six percent, he was concerned with the increase in reported rape and attempted rape offences.

"I encourage any community members to continue to report such incidents to police and be reassured that officers will investigate these fully," Assistant Commissioner Gollschewski said.

"Our officers are strongly committed to ensuring the community remains safe, and by working together we can achieve this."

He said the region had seen an eight per cent decrease in the number of robberies.

"Whilst this is great news, we are concerned about the 20 per cent increase in the number of armed robbery offences and we continue to remind the community to be proactive in ensuring their homes and businesses are secure."

The Assistant Commissioner said the rural nature of the region meant a special role for the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS).

"We have seen a 37 percent increase in stock related offences and with the hard work of the SARCIS in encouraging the community to be proactive about crime in rural communities, there has been an increase in these offences being investigated by police," he said.

Assistant Commissioner Gollschewski said a continued strong partnership with the public was the key to keeping crime down, with a 12 percent reduction for the region over the past 10 years.

"From reporting information to CrimeStoppers anonymously or using our Facebook page to assist us in locating missing persons, there is a huge role for the community to play," he said.

The Southern Region encompasses the six policing districts of Charleville, Dalby, Warwick, Roma, Ipswich and Toowoomba.

LNP Shadow Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services John-Paul Langbroek this morning said long-term Labor had presided over disturbing increases general stealing crimes, solving property crime, armed robberies, and car theft across Queensland.

"Stealing jumped 20 per cent in the past year from 35,693 reported crimes to 42,892," he said.

"There's absolutely no way to sugar-coat this figure. It's a shocking trend and no-one, least of all the Minister, wants to be accountable," Mr Langbroek said.

"Armed robberies across Queensland jumped nine per cent from 788 in 2009/10 to 862 in 2010/11, while car theft was also up 9 per cent from 8953 to 9776," he said.

"Another troubling area of concern is the low level of break-and-enter crimes being solved with more than 80 per cent going unsolved."

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