Crime rates fall across Canberra

THE latest crime figures for the ACT show a decline in offences including assaults, robberies, property damage and motor vehicle thefts for 2013.

All offence types defined by the ACT Policing CrimeStatistics webpage showed a decrease when compared with the same quarter last year, with the most significant decrease shown in robbery (down 37 per cent) and motor vehicle theft (down 29 per cent).

While all of the seven ACT regions experienced a decline in reported offences across the board, Weston Creek led the way with a 33 per cent decrease when compared with the same quarter in 2012. This was followed by the ACT’s rural areas (down 20 per cent) and Tuggeranong (down 17 per cent). Woden experienced the smallest decrease, at 4 per cent.

The quarterly results are consistent with a 10 per cent decrease in offences overall when comparing the 2012-13 financial year with 2011-12. The decline over the past year continues a five-year downward trend in reported crimes and offences in the ACT.

When comparing the year-to-date results the trend is continued, showing an 11 per cent decrease in reported offences during the first three quarters of 2013 when compared with the same period last year.

The latest data is available on the interactive CrimeStatistics webpage at police.act.gov.au.

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