Alarming Increase in Number of Sex Crimes

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Byline: Melissa Grant melissa.grant@dailymercury.com.au

VIOLENT crimes have risen in Mackay with reports of rape, homicides and armed robberies increasing over the past financial year.

The number of sex crimes jumped from 164 to 190, while there were 15 armed robberies compared to 11 the previous year. Homicides doubled from four to eight. However traffic and street offences dropped significantly, according to the Queensland Police 2010/11 statistical review released yesterday.

Inspector Peter Flanders, of Mackay police, said the region's growing population had influenced statistics and some rates of crime had actually decreased once the population was taken into account.

Insp Flanders said the increase in sexual offences was terrible as they were C[pounds sterling]extremely seriousC[yen] crimes; however, the rise could be attributed to increased reporting. There were 45 rape and attempted rapes reported in Mackay in 2010/11, compared to 23 the previous year.

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFR) director Heather Nancarrow said the rise in reports of sexual offences was cause for concern.

C[pounds sterling]That's very disturbing. …

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