Crime statistics from 2013/14 show Ipswich police are reducing break and enters, property crime and armed robberies. We reveal how.
ONLY fools commit assaults, robberies and property offences.
But with policing strategies increasing in effectiveness, it is clear that only a complete fool would now commit such offences in the Ipswich Police District.
The message coming through loud and clear from the 2013/14 crime statistics to miscreants is: "You will be caught".
Grievous assaults are down 12% and robberies have fallen a staggering 30% from 124 offences to 87.
Unlawful entry offences across the spectrum have dropped by 14% on last year.
Unlawful entry with intent in shops is also down 34% from 185 to 123 offences.
Other property damage offences have fallen by 11% from 2268 offences down to 2023.
Inspector Keith McDonald has highlighted the work done by the Ipswich District Property Team, that since 2013 has charged 608 offenders with 1820 charges.
A highlight of the team's work, in conjunction with the South Brisbane property team, was the identification and dismantling of a criminal syndicate committing break and enters throughout Brisbane and Ipswich.
Known as Operation Mike Snowshoe, the operation arrested nine people on 67 charges.
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"The property squad is made up of 27 detectives from within the Ipswich Police District," Insp McDonald said.
"They are based at Goodna and one of their primary responsibilities is offences that occur against dwellings, shops and business.
"They also maintain watch on offenders who are out on probation and parole.
"Also focussing on property crime, the Ipswich Police District implemented a number of strategies.
"One of those was to develop a 24-hour a day tactical operations group, which is mainly made up of general duties staff.
"The original intention of that group was to focus on offences which occur most prevalently at night… when offenders are most active.
"But the focus of that group was always to move with the offences as they occurred.
"So when the offences started to occur in some police divisions during the day OICs of those divisions developed what we would call a daytime operation.
"We have also established on Friday and Saturday nights a liquor patrol team…obviously targeting our licensed venues."
The inroads in the area of property crime and robberies generally has also seen an overall drop in handling stolen goods, down from 241 offences to 222, down 8%.
A feature of those overall stats is the 23% drop in possessing property suspected of being stolen.
The figures show unlawful entry with intent is down across all categories - dwellings (down 9%), shops (down 34%), all other (down 19%).
Unlawful entry with violence in dwellings is down 9%, and without violence is also down 9%.
"Everything that we have done has been related towards reducing robberies and property offences, which include our unlawful entry of businesses, so basically making people feel safe in their homes and reducing burglaries on businesses," Insp McDonald said.
"There was a group of people who was out hitting Subways and the Subway just down the road (in Yamanto) got hit twice in about three weeks.
"They were smash and grab robberies around 5.30am.
"There was a focus on those people and thankfully we made some inroads."
CONTEXT OF CRIME REDUCTION IN IPSWICH POLICE DISTRICT 2013/14
Figures compare 2013/14 to 2012/13
- 361 less victims of break and enter
- 111 less victims of motor vehicle theft
- 37 less victims of robbery
- 245 less victims of property damage
- 28 less victims of arson
- 77 less victims of property offences
Proactive policing has also detected an additional 449 good order offences, 785 drug offences and 65 weapons offences.