Public role praised as big drop in crime figures is revealed

PUBLISHED: 13:31 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009

CRIME in Times Territory is down, according to new figures, writes Ben Griffiths. The stats, released by police, show there has been a 13 per cent decrease in offences committed over a nine-month period compared to the same phase last year. Violent crime

CRIME in Times Territory is down, according to new figures, writes Ben Griffiths.

The stats, released by police, show there has been a 13 per cent decrease in offences committed over a nine-month period compared to the same phase last year.

Violent crime and serious violent crime have both decreased by around a quarter while areas such as burglary, driving offences and robbery are also down.

Area commander Alison Roome-Gifford dedicated the successful figures to the public that worked closely with police and urged them to "keep their ears open".

Together

She said: "We all work together to let offenders know their criminal behaviour is unacceptable in our communities and it won't be tolerated.

"It's not only our officers, PCSOs, police staff and partner agencies who contribute to keeping crime down, it's the public who let us know what's going on in the community.

"As well as Neighbourhood Watch and other groups and organisations who work closely with us, we couldn't do our jobs without the information that comes in from the public."

The figures

All crime: This year; 6,142. Last year; 7,063. Down 921. -13%.

Residential burglary: This year; 432. Last year; 473. Down 41. -8.7%.

Motor vehicle offences: This year; 719. Last year; 778. Down 59. -7.6%.

Robbery: This year; 77. Last year; 86. Down 9. -10.5%.

Violent crime: This year; 1,101. Last year; 1,460. Down 359. -24.6%

Serious violent crime: This year; 407. Last year; 559. Down 152. -27.2%.

# Period Apr 1, 07 to Jan 6, 08 compared to same period the previous year.

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