The Queensland Police Service has today released its 2010/11 Statistical Review which shows the rate of crime in Queensland has continued to decrease.
Police Minister Neil Roberts said the overall rate of crime in Queensland had decreased three per cent between 2009/10 and 2010/11.
?The rate of offences against the person state-wide decreased six per cent between 2009/10 and 2010/11 while the rate of property offences increased four per cent over the same time period,? Mr Roberts said.
?As with previous years the Statistical Review reveals fluctuations in the rates of crime by region, district and category year-on-year.
?However, the real story about crime rates is revealed by crime rate trends over time.
?In the 11 years from 2000/1 to 2010/11, the overall rate of crime decreased 30 per cent.
?Over the same time period the rate of offences against the person has decreased 25 per cent while the rate of property offences has decreased 46 per cent.
?I pay tribute to the professionalism and commitment of officers and staff of the Queensland Police Service for their efforts in achieving these results and particularly acknowledge Commissioner Bob Atkinson for his leadership during this period of crime rate reduction.?
Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said the latest figures were the result of police officers across Queensland working hard in partnership with communities to minimise crime in the state.
?Working in partnership with the community, police continue to make a real difference in combating crime,? Commissioner Atkinson said.
?The results this year are a continuation of the outstanding achievements of the last decade and are a credit to the police and community for their support to us. We depend on that community support however as we continue this vital work in terms of providing for the safety and security of all communities across Queensland.?
A new chapter titled ?Missing Persons? has been included in the 2010/11 Statistical Review, which offers information on the number of reported missing persons and located missing persons.
Changes have also been made to the ?Traffic? chapter to include information relating to the number of road fatalities, traffic crashes, speed and red light camera notices, random breath tests and type 1 and type 2 vehicle impoundments within Queensland.
Key crime figures for 2010/11
Offences against the person: six percent overall decrease
? The rate of assaults on police fell from 241 in 2009/10 to 221 in 2010/11, a rate decrease of eight percent.
? The number of homicide (murder) offences decreased from 55 in 2009/10 to 50 in 2010/11. For approximately 69 percent of homicide (murder) offences, the offender was known to the victim. Forty three percent of victims were from the same family as the offender.
? The assault rate decreased by six percent.
? The number of rape and attempted rape offences increased from 1409 offences in 2009/10 to 1421 offences in 2010/11.
? The rate of other sexual offences fell by 11 percent.
? The rate of robbery offences fell by three percent.
? Armed robbery offences increased from 788 incidents in 2009/10 to 862 in 2010/11, a rate increase of seven percent.
? There was a seven percent rise in the rate of kidnapping and abduction offences when adjusted for population growth.
Offences against property: four percent increase
? The rate of unlawful entry offences decreased by three percent.
? There was a two percent drop in the rate of unlawful entry of dwellings and a five percent fall in the rate of unlawful entry into other premises. The rate of unlawful entry of shops fell by one percent in 2010/11.
? The rate of arson offences fell by 12 percent in 2010/11.
? The rate of other property damage offences increased by three percent.
? Unlawful use of motor vehicle recorded a rate increase of seven percent in 2010/11.
? The rate of other theft rose by 12 percent.
? The overall rate of fraud offences decreased by 12 percent in 2010/11.
? The rate of computer fraud recorded an increase of 19 percent.
? The rate of cheque fraud, credit card fraud, and identity fraud decreased by 26, 15 and 28 percent respectively.
Other offences: 11 percent decrease
? The rate of drug offences fell overall by two percent.
? The number of move-on directions given by police increased from 4251 in 2009/10 to 4984 in 2010/11.
? The rate of prostitution offences dropped by 32 percent.
? The rate of liquor offences decreased by 26 percent and the rate of good order offences also decreased by 11 percent. The sub-category of public nuisance decreased by 10 percent.
? The rate of Weapons Act offences fell by three percent.