CRIME rates have continued to drop across the ACT since last year, according to statistics announced today by ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.
The ACT’s Criminal Justice Statistical Profile for March reveals decreases from the same time last year in a large range of offences,with the largest in robbery (31 per cent), burglary (21 per cent) and sexual offences (20 per cent).
Mr Corbell says he is “happy to report” there were year-on-year decreases in other public order offences as well, like property damage, assault, motor vehicle theft and weapons offences, which he attributed in part to the Government’s focus on reducing alcohol abuse.
“The decreases in assaults and public order offences over the past 12 months are influenced, in part, by the Government’s continued commitment to the liquor legislation reforms which encourage safe and responsible drinking practices,” he says.
The Attorney-General adds that crime naturally fluctuates and says despite the positive results, police should “remain ready and able to tackle rises in crime” and members of the community should be willing to help them, which they can now do through the ACT Policing Facebook page.
“We can all contribute to making Canberra a safer city and we need to ensure that our consistently positive results do not make us complacent and vulnerable to crime,” Mr Corbell says.