Logan policing district crime stats released

STATISTICS: The rate of overall offences against property increased 6.1 per cent.
STATISTICS: The rate of overall offences against property increased 6.1 per cent.

LOGAN district crime rates are growing at roughly the same pace as population growth – about 2 per cent a year.

Liquor offences have decreased but more people are having homes, cars and shops broken into.

There has been a spike in the number of unlawful entries, with shop break-ins increasing by 84.7 per cent.

In 2016/17, unlawful use of motor vehicles increased by 3.8 percent and unlawful entry into houses increased by 2.5 percent.

Logan District Officer Chief Superintendent Ben Marcus said the community had to be vigilant with house, vehicle and property security, with the rate of offences increasing by 6.1 percent in the past year.

“A lot of break-ins and property thefts are opportunistic and preventable,” he said.

“We urge the community to use all available security options on their property to prevent opportunistic thefts as a result of unlocked or unsecured property.”

The figures are contained in the Queensland Police Service’s Statistical Review which demonstrated a reduction in fraud, drug and liquor offences across the district.

The review represents a comprehensive insight into the level and nature of crime reported for each police district.

Over the 10 years from 2007/08 to 2016/17, Logan District recorded a 3.8 percent decrease in the rate of offences against the person.

“When adjusted for population growth, the overall crime rate of offences against the person over the past 10 years decreased by 3.8 percent, while offences against property increased by 10.3 percent,” Superintendent Marcus said.

When adjusted for population growth, fraud offences decreased by 0.2 percent. Cheque fraud decreased by 24.8 percent and credit card fraud decreased by 14.2 percent, while computer fraud increased by 64.6 percent, identity fraud increased by 79.2 percent and other fraud increased by 9.5 percent.

“Over the past 10 years fraud offences have increased by 30.5 percent and with ongoing advancements in technology, fraudulent activity continues to be prevalent in our community with 2186 offences reported in the Logan District over the past 12 months,” Superintendent Marcus said.

The number of liquor offences across the district decreased by 37.6 percent

“It is positive to see offences involving liquor decline in the district, however 36 in the past year is still too high and police will continue to provide a large presence in those areas,” Chief Superintendent Marcus said.

In the Logan District, the rate of Domestic and Family Violence Applications decreased from 789 in 2015/16 to 737 in 2016/17, or seven per cent in the rate of applications per 100,000 person.

Superintendent Marcus said the increase in reporting of domestic and family violence could be attributed to work being done by police and from the community gaining more confidence in reporting incidents.

The Logan policing district also includes the Scenic Rim.