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Government and Labor at war over Ipswich's crime statistics

CRIME DROPS: State MP Ian Berry, Police Minister Jack Dempsey, Supt Mark Kelly and Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer give a thumbs up to drop in local crime.
CRIME DROPS: State MP Ian Berry, Police Minister Jack Dempsey, Supt Mark Kelly and Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer give a thumbs up to drop in local crime. Rob Williams

A WAR of words has broken out between the government and the opposition over the interpretation of Ipswich's crime statistics.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey has reported a drop in criminal activities in the Ipswich area while Labor has accused the LNP of "cherry picking" their statistics.

Mr Dempsey said the bottom line is that Ipswich today is certainly a safer place to live, work and raise a family.

"We've seen outstanding figures, crime is being driven down and it's a great credit to not just to the police of Ipswich but to the community of Ipswich," he said.

"It's only through collaboration and partnership with the community that police are able to see these incredible results."

But the opposition took no prisoners and immediately rejected the results of the report.

Shadow Police Minister Bill Byrne said Premier Campbell Newman was not being tough on crime but loose with the truth.

"What we need is independently reviewed statistics with a regional breakdown that is taken out of the hands of politicians," Mr Byrne said.

Superintendent Mark Kelly said Ipswich had seen a decrease in some reported crimes because of "proactive policing and greater community confidence".

"We are taking a zero tolerance to drug offences and we're responding through not only our own means but information from the public with our arrests and results doubling in the last financial year," Supt Kelly said.

"There has been a 16% reduction in break and enter and unlawful use of motor vehicles, there are 800 less victims in the Ipswich district of offences against property.

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"They are people who haven't had to replace items that have been stolen, we've had a 32% reduction in robbery offences so there's a further 30 or 40 people who haven't been the victim of violence and robbery.

"So to me they are tangible results."

There have been 30 extra police officers introduced to Ipswich in order to reduce crime in the area.

Mr Dempsey said regardless of opposition comments, crime in Ipswich had decreased.

"Obviously it's disappointing that Labor chooses to have a negative with such great results that are happening here on the ground in Ipswich," he said.

"Is there more to do? Yes there is, but the figures simply speak for themselves."

The stats

  • The rate of reported fraud is down 11%
  • The rate of reported arson is down 25%.
  • The rate of reported assault is down 3%
  • The rate of reported unlawful use of motor vehicle is down 16%
  • The rate of reported handling of stolen goods is down 10%

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