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AustraliaYouth responsible for nearly half of unarmed robberies in Qld

16:10  14 march  2019
16:10  14 march  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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The independently compiled crime statistics for 2017-2018 replace for the first time the Annual Statistical Review performed by Queensland Police Service.

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Of major concern was a jump of 20.8 per cent in unarmed robbery with young people making up 49.4 per cent of offenders.

The total number of youth offenders jumped 1.6 per cent.

“It is a concern I'm not going to sugar coat it,” police minister Mark Ryan said.

“The numbers are about one extra unarmed robbery per day.”

Crimes against the person were up 5.5 per cent, while offences against property were up 5.6 per cent.

Mr Ryan said increases in personal crime were in part due to increased reporting in crimes such as domestic violence, which helped government target support services.

Others like attempted murder, manslaughter and driving causing death were down 46 per cent. Homicide was down 7.3 per cent.

The report also revealed across the state, 71.5 per cent of robberies were solved, as well as 72.2 per cent of assaults, 46.5 per cent of car thefts and only 24.8 per cent of break and enters.

“Our police should always be proud of the work they do. They put their lives on the line to keep our community safe,” Mr Ryan said.

The full report will be released tomorrow.

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