Sizeable drop in crime levels across Rockhampton
WHEN Rockhampton's Acting Inspector Ben Carroll went to check the daily crime sheet on Friday morning, he was pleasantly surprised.
"Well that doesn't happen often, we've had no break and enters, no stolen cars and no entry to vehicles," Act Insp Carroll said referring to the previous 24 hours.
"That's something that might happen once every few weeks, but there are other times you can check and there's 10 to 15 jobs."
The good news for Act Insp Carroll and his colleagues is there appears to have been a sizeable drop in crime levels across Rockhampton this financial year, which is drawing to an end.
Based on current estimates (with figures yet to be officially verified), the city of Rockhampton is on target for a reduction of more than 150 break and enters in this financial year compared to the previous one.
In 2012-13 there was well over 800 break and enters.
The figures also indicate a drop of about 20% in stolen cars and 10% in stealing from motor vehicles.
"That's phenomenal," Act Insp Carroll said.
"It really has been a collective effort from Police, Corrective Services, Justice, Department of Communities, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers, all of the agencies involved in youth services and the community, who have given much support.
"Plus we think changes in legislation have helped, such as the Government's new VLAD laws (targeting bikies)."
He said one successful strategy that was working was the targeting of recidivist offenders.
Act Insp Carroll encouraged members of the community to continue reporting suspicious activity.