Crime figures fall away on the Coast

CRIME in the Gold Coast region in the 2004-2005 financial year dropped by 10 per cent, according to latest figures.

The figures are contained in Queensland Police Service's 2004-05 annual report and statistical review for the southeast Queensland region ? which includes the Gold Coast and Logan police districts ? and were tabled in parliament last week by Police Minister Judy Spence.

South Eastern Police Region Commissioner David Melville said a number of targeted drug operations conducted on the Gold Coast during 2004-05 would no doubt impact on the Queensland drug market, particularly the amphetamine market.

The rate of drug offences detected, Mr Melville said, dropped by 31 per cent in the year but liquor offences rose from 151 offences in 2003-04 to 205 in 2004-05, a rise in the rate of 33 per cent when al- lowing for population growth.

The implementation of the Liquor Enforcement and Proactive Strategies (LEAPS) on the Gold Coast, he said, also had resulted in a greater policing and monitoring of licensed premises which had been largely responsible for the rise in detected offences.

Mr Melville said police officers and members of the community could be justly proud of the reduction in many of the key crime categories.

"I am pleased to note that the rate of fraud offences dropped across the board when factoring in population growth ? this is a great result and shows that the partnership between police and the community is producing positive results," he said.

"The rate of unlawful use of a motor vehicle offences went down eight per cent and unlawful entry offences saw falls in the rate of between three and 13 per cent across all premises categories.

"The rate of other theft is down by 14 per cent and rape and attempted rape offences are down nine per cent," he said.

In other offence categories, the rate of prostitution offences recorded a significant decline of 43 per cent (27 fewer offences 2004-05).

There were 23 less kidnapping and abduction offences in the region in 2004-05, a fall in the rate of 27 per cent and also 20 fewer assaults in 2004-05 when compared with 2003-04.

But the number of homicides increased from seven in 2003-04 to 11 in 2004-05.

"Although the results were pleasing in most crime categories, police throughout the region will continue to develop and implement crime prevention initiatives to encourage everyone to take a proactive role in reporting crime to make our community safer," Mr Melville said.

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