Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Crime Down, Entertainment Up

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Crime Down, Entertainment Up

Article excerpt

BOREDOM is what police in Woorabinda believe was behind a huge spike in juvenile crime in 2014.

With a 59% increase just in property damages within the Woorabinda community, Senior Sergeant Kris Richards put it down to a lack of extracurricular activities.

To try and combat this, a BMX track was built last December, with the help of a Safer Queensland Community Grant, and the results are now speaking for themselves.

"In the last two years, unlawful use and entry to motor vehicles decreased by 83%, unlawful entry with intent decreased by 36%, and damage to property decreased by 18%," Senior Sergeant Richards said.

"By enabling the youth to use their time in a more positive manner, the community as a whole has flourished, as more money has been able to be spent on other community projects and initiatives rather than repairing and replacing damaged property."

Senior Sergeant Richards, who applied for the grant, said the track has played a vital role in decreasing juvenile crime in the area. …

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