The full extent of the crime crisis in Queensland has been laid bare in the latest report* finally released for 2017/2018.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the latest figures showed violent crimes including assaults, robberies, break-ins and car thefts had all soared across the state since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.
“Labor is soft on crime. The statistics are shocking and they don’t lie,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Today we finally see the full extent of the crime crisis in Queensland, and it’s seriously disturbing.
“It’s clear crime rates have skyrocketed under Labor and community safety has been put at risk.
“I feel for the victims of crime and their families who bear the human cost of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s crime crisis.
“Youth crime is out of control, with young offenders being responsible for 16.7% of all offences.
“Youth offenders were responsible for almost half of the reported robberies.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Police Trevor Watts said more investment was needed in the police budget.
“Labor have cut the police budget by $44 million this year and watered down laws tackling organised crime and youth justice,” Mr Watts said.
“Police can’t cope with the volume of crime caused by four years of a Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“Labor’s record on crime is a disgrace and the police are over-stretched.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to start putting community safety first by ensuring the police have the resources and laws they need to fight crime.”
* Report available at: http://www.qgso.qld.gov.au/products/reports/crime-report-qld/crime-report-qld-2017-18.pdf
Key facts and figures:
In the last year – (2017/18)
- Assault up 5.5%
- Sexual offences up 2.2% (including rape and attempted rape up 8.8%)
- Robbery up 20.8%
- Arson up 7.6%
- Car theft up 9.8% (unlawful use of a motor vehicle)
- Break and enters up 3.3% (unlawful entry)
- Breaches of domestic violence protection orders up 2.1%
- Offences against property up 5.6%
- Offences against the person up 5.5%
- All offences up 0.5%