Crime map has Goodna at head of stats list
IPSWICH crime hot spots have been revealed on an online crime map unveiled by the State Government.
A suburb-by-suburb search found that outside of the Ipswich CBD, Goodna had recorded the highest number of crimes in a three-month period dating back to March.
The website shows Goodna had nearly 400 crimes in the three months, with Redbank Plains 324 and Booval third with 251.
The website was launched by Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey last week.
It gives a breakdown of the number and type of crimes on each street in Queensland.
Cr Paul Tully said Goodna was one of the largest suburbs in Ipswich and he didn't believe crime was a problem in the suburb.
"Goodna is one of the largest suburbs in the city with over 8000 residents and its figures will be statistically higher," he said.
Ipswich's Inspector Keith McDonald said Goodna had no different policing trends from any other Ipswich suburb.
"There are spikes in crime in Goodna of certain types of offences similar to areas in other districts," he said.
But Cr Tully supported the website, which offers the public a great insight into their area.
"It's a valuable tool for people to be aware of what's happening in their community.
"It's important that the data is updated more often, weekly or monthly because people in suburbia aren't always aware of what's around them."
Insp McDonald said the website could put the community's crime concerns at ease.
"A lot of people tend to give a bad indication of what crime is like in Ipswich and this will show people that mainly it is not as bad as perceived by the media and the public.
"It's under control. It does spike from time to time, but we are ready to respond to spikes that occur and crime-related issues in a suburb. What they show is some crimes are solved immediately and some take some time to solve."
Mr Dempsey said Queenslanders could access crime statistics for their street, suburb, postcode, local government area, neighbourhood watch area or police region, district or division in a matter of moments.
"The portal is another example of the State Government's commitment to open data and is in addition to crime data already available through the QPS website," he said.
Go to CrimeStatsDesktop.asp to see the crime statistics in your area.
- 108 other thefts
- 50 property damage
- 45 unlawful entry
- 39 public nuisance
- 30 traffic-related offences
- 26 drug offences