Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Drugs Top Local Crime Stats List; Local Crime Stats Down

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Drugs Top Local Crime Stats List; Local Crime Stats Down

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

Crime stats....

Rape: Three (down from 10 in 2008/09)

Stalking: Three (down from 10)

Fraud: 157 (down from 214)

Assault: 198 (down from 212)

Drug offences: 610 (down from 639)

Stock-related offences: 31 (down from 61)

Weapons Act offences: 53 (up from 40)

Traffic offences: 588 (up from 543)

Armed robbery: 1 (down from 3)

Total public nuisance offences (obscene language, public urination, wilful exposure) for 2009/2010: 321

(Source Co QPS Annual Statistical Report for Warwick Police District)

THE Warwick Police District has defied a state-wide trend of an increase in drug offences in the past 12 months but drugs continue to be the major scourge local police battle.

Annual crime statistics released yesterday for Queensland show only a slight drop locally in the number of drug offences reported to police, with 610 for 2009/2010 compared to 639 for the previous 12-month period.

Of the 610 offences, the vast majority were possession of a dangerous drug Co usually cannabis Co or possession of drug utensils, with 42 reported offences relating to drug trafficking and production.

The figures are in contrast to a wider Queensland trend in drug-related offending, with the State Opposition yesterday claiming such crimes had alarmingly increased by nearly 50 per cent across the Sunshine State.

Coming in at second place for the Warwick Police District Co which includes the Stanthorpe, Goondiwindi and Inglewood regions Co were traffic offences, with 588 reported in total, up slightly from 543 in 2008/2009.

These included 394 drink driving offences Co compared to 429 in 2008/2009 Co 162 disqualified driving offences and 32 relating to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Of concern to local police on the frontline of crime are the 28 assaults on officers reported in the Warwick Police District in the past 12 months. …

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