Assault rate going down



INSPECTOR Graham Coleman is pleased to see assault rates dropping in Rockhampton and credits the Stop the Violence campaign for the statistics.

Last November and December Rockhampton experienced a sudden spike in crime.

In November there was a 52% increase in assaults compared with other months in 2005.

Inspector Coleman said this spike may have partially been due to the Stop the Violence Campaign's less visible presence, before police aggressively relaunched the campaign in conjunction with The Morning Bulletin.

This year reported assaults have already dropped considerably.

"We arrested the rate of growth,'' he said.

"People are beginning to get the message it is their responsibility too.''

Rockhampton police have been attacking the assault rate through a multi-pillared strategy.

Some of the key initiatives involve proactive operations, a quick response to offences, and community engagement.

But Mr Coleman said police are always looking at ways to make their attack on crime more efficient.

"We will be looking at the individual strategies,'' he said.

"Things are looking very positive at this stage.''

Inspector Coleman also said the community needs to support police by reporting assaults, especially in the home.

"It can be difficult because a certain proportion of assaults happen within the home,'' he said.

"The community has to decide for themselves that they are not going to put up with it.



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