Minister reports double digit reduction in major crimes
SECURITY Minister Peter Bunting has reported a significant drop in serious and violent crimes, with double digit reductions in most categories.
"Serious and violent crimes (are) down year-to-date on average by double digit percentages (with) murder by 11 per cent, shooting by six per cent, rape by 17 per cent, and aggravated assault down 26 per cent," Bunting told Tuesday's sitting of the House of Representatives.
He also pointed to a major reduction in fatal police shooting, which is down by 46 per cent year-to-date. Acquisitory crimes such as robberies, have declined by 11 per cent.
The security minister also told the House that the new laws, which have been passed to deal with organised crime, are having an impact.
"Already, the police have arrested and charged 600 persons in just 15 months that the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act has been in effect. All 20 cases that have already been disposed of in the courts have resulted in convictions. We anticipate similar success with the recently passed anti-gang legislation," he stated.
Minister Bunting, meanwhile said he remains fully focused on the task of making the country safe and peaceful. "We have a committed and professional police force that has made the gains I outlined, despite an environment of scarce resources, through determination, ingenuity and personal sacrifice," he stated.
He urged members of the police force to stay focused and professional, and called on all citizens to give support to the crime fighting efforts.