Police are winning war on crime

THE latest Queensland Police Annual Statistical Review shows a drop in the rates of murder, serious assault and burglary offences in the Ipswich district.

Despite the city's population increasing to 175,000 this year, there were two less murders, 42 fewer assaults and 60 less unlawful entry offences than 2009-2010.

For all their work, police were unable to stop Ipswich from following the region-wide armed robbery trend, with 16 more offences recorded in 2010-2011.

There was also an increase in the number of rapes and attempted rapes, with 137 recorded in the last financial year, compared to 86 in 2009-2010.

The number of car thefts increased from 463 to 520.

However, Mayor Paul Pisasale said it was important to focus on the way Ipswich fared compared to the rest of Queensland.

You are still far more likely to fall victim to an assault in Brisbane, Cairns or Charleville.

"These crime figures should be released to local councils more frequently so that we know what the issues are and we can act," Cr Pisasale said.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers has blamed understaffing for the poor clearance rate for property offences and has called on state member Rachel Nolan to campaign for more police.

Ms Nolan said current police numbers were adequate.

"Ipswich has more police than ever and they are working in a brand new CBD police station and watch house," she said.



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