Bundaberg MP welcomes crime reduction across Wide Bay

MEMBER for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has welcomed Queensland Police Service statistics showing the crime rate in the Wide Bay and Burnett District has dropped over the last financial year.

Ms Donaldson said the figures released today were part of the QPS Annual Statistical Review (ASR), which gives locals a snapshot of crime rates and trends across the District, which takes in Bundaberg.

"What the data shows is that the Wide Bay and Burnett District is a safer place to live, work and visit than it was this time last year - and that is a great thing," Ms Donaldson said.

"Across the District we have seen a steady decrease in the overall crime rate, with a drop of over three per cent.

"We have also seen decreases in the rate of serious offences such as assault, robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle which are down 10.1 per cent, 44.8 per cent and 23.7 per cent respectively."

Ms Donaldson said positive partnerships between police and the community were seeing property crime rates fall across the district.

"We know that when the police and the community work together, we can achieve great things - and that's what we're seeing across the Wide Bay and Burnett," Ms Donaldson said.

"It's great to see the rate of offences such as break and enters - which locals can do a lot to help prevent - down by 8.3 per cent. Home break-ins are down by 15.2 per cent and shop break-ins down 13.7

"Sadly though, we have seen an increase in the rate of sexual offences and some kinds of fraud.

While that's concerning to me, it also means more people are coming forward and reporting cases to police for investigation."

Ms Donaldson said the reinstatement of the ASR was an important plank of the Palaszczuk Government's measures to restore integrity and accountability to government.

"When the LNP were in power we saw them misrepresenting crime statistics for political gain time and time again," Ms Donaldson said.

"It was important to reinstate the Annual Statistical Review to ensure that locals had a clear picture of what was going on across their District.

"When comparing crime statistics, you can't compare apples to oranges and you can't cherry-pick.

"That's what the LNP did, but it won't happen under Labor."



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