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ACT crime statistics show spike in Molonglo crime

More homes, cars and people are moving into the new suburbs of Molonglo, and criminals too, according to the latest ACT crime statistics.

Reports of criminal activity over the December quarter in Molonglo jumped from 58 to 181 reports, a trend which is expected to continue as the area receives more people according to ACT Policing.

While the long-term trend shows crime is well behind population growth in Canberra, reports increased 6.5 per cent last quarter.

Territory-wide, motor vehicle theft rose by 28.5 per cent, property damage 25.8 per cent, offences against people 20.8 per cent, theft 15.5 per cent and burglary 11.9 per cent.

Reports of assault rose by 8.1 per cent and homicides increased from 4 to 6 incidents.

The October to December 2015 quarterly crime statistics show reports decreased in the Inner north and Woden, in a year-on-year comparison.

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Adrian Craft, ACT Policing's acting superintendent of ministerial policy and performance, said it was natural to see ebbing and flowing in reports of crime.

"We are pleased that the longer term trends show crime reports have not matched population growth," Acting Superintendent Craft said.

"Crime reports have remained 21 per cent lower in 2015 than 2010, despite Canberra's population growing about 10 per cent in the same period," he said.

"As our city continues to grow, we are committed to delivering a policing service that ensures Canberra remains one of the safest cities in Australia."

Areas which recorded a decrease in 2015 were Woden (down 4.2) and the inner north (down 3.8). Reports increased in Weston Creek (up 36.1 per cent), inner south (up 20.9 per cent), Gungahlin (up 8.2 per cent), Belconnen (up 8 per cent) and Tuggeranong (up 7.8 per cent). 

Crime which decreased across Canberra included weapon and drug offences (down 11.9 per cent), robbery (down 6.1 per cent) and sexual assault (down 2.7 per cent).

"While we can do our part through enforcement, the support of the community is essential to reducing crime," acting superintendent Craft said.

"The community plays a significant role by reporting crime to police, by reporting suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers and by taking security measures to protect their property."

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