'Crime crisis revealed': MP on report findings
THE full extent of the crime crisis in Queensland has been laid bare in the latest report.
Nanango Member Deb Frecklington said the figures in the Queensland crime report showed violent crimes including assaults, robberies, break-ins and car thefts had all soared across the state since Annastacia Palaszczuk became premier.
"We finally see the full extent of the crime crisis in Queensland, and it's seriously disturbing,” she said.
The 2017/2018 report revealed all types of offences were up by 0.5 per cent in Queensland, including car thefts up by 9.8 per cent.
These included assaults in Queensland up by 5.5 per cent, sexual offences up by 2.2 per cent and robbery offences up by 20.8 per cent in the past year.
"Labor is soft on crime. The statistics are shocking but they don't lie,” Ms Frecklington said.
"It's clear crime rates have skyrocketed under Labor and community safety has been put at risk.”
Break and enter offences had increased by 3.3 per cent and breaches of domestic violence orders were up by 2.1 per cent.
Offences against properties were up by 5.6 per cent last year and offences against a person had increased by 5.5 per cent.
"I feel for the victims of crime and their families who bear the human cost of Annastacia Palaszczuk's crime crisis,” she said.
Youth offenders were responsible for almost half of the reported robberies across Queensland.
"Youth crime is out of control, with young offenders being responsible for 16.7 per cent of all offences,” Ms Frecklington said.
LNP police shadow minister 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,” he said.
"Labor's record on crime is a disgrace and the police are over-stretched.”
LNP have called for the Labor Government to put community safety first by ensuring police have the resources and laws they need to fight crime.
Police Minister Mark Ryan's office has been contacted for comment.