Crime down across coast and hinterland

TOTAL reported crimes across the Sunshine Coast have fallen by more than 16 per cent in the past year and are down nearly 13 per cent over nine years, new figures show.

The latest Queensland Government Statistician’s Office figures on statewide crime rates show a statewide decrease in individual offenders and the number of offences committed.

The new data shows a 5.8 per cent decrease in the number of unique youth offenders, which is the lowest number in 10 years.

Total number of offences decreased 10.8 per cent from 540,864 in 2019/20 to 482,695 in 2020/21.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the statistics reinforced the work being performed by police across the state.

“The data from the latest crime report supports what we have been striving to achieve as an organisation,” she said.

“In the past two years, an extraordinary amount of work has been targeted towards youth crime, and we can see that reflected in the decrease in unique offenders.”

“However, we know there is more work to be done, and the QPS remains committed to keeping communities safe. 

Police Minister Mark Ryan said that any instance of criminal offending is unacceptable and that the QPS is dedicated to not only apprehending offenders but also to supporting strategies and initiatives that prevent and disrupt crime.

While overall offences were down across the coast, assaults were up over 30 per cent in the past year with 1,170 in 202/21.