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Corbell welcomes report showing burglary and car theft numbers reduced in the ACT

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the latest burglary and car theft figures are showing that Canberra is becoming a safer city for all Canberrans.

Petty criminals will be fined rather than face court under a new system designed to free up police and court resources.
Petty criminals will be fined rather than face court under a new system designed to free up police and court resources. 

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has welcomed a new report showing reductions in burglary crime and motor vehicle theft over four years, amid further crime reductions in Canberra during the September quarter. 

Mr Corbell said the latest report on the government's crime reduction strategy showed in 2013 there were 2069 victims of burglary in the ACT, compared with 4240 victims in 2010.

The drop of 51.2 per cent exceeded the government's target, he said. 

Victims of motor vehicle theft decreased from 1331 in 2010 to 675 in 2013, representing a decrease of 49.3 per cent in the same period.

"I am very pleased to announce very significant improvements in making Canberra a safer city for all Canberrans," Mr Corbell said. 

The results suggested a whole-of-government effort to bring down crime levels had resulted in a reduction in property crime and increased community safety in the ACT.


Mr Corbell said the government had found improvements in all but one measured included in its 68 item action plan for the 2013-14 financial year. The latest quarterly crime results show reductions in all areas other than sexual assault, which varies depending on rates of reporting. 

The September 2014 report into the statistical profile of criminal justice was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Mr Corbell credited diversion programs and intelligence-led police work, through special units which identify and track offenders, with the reductions and welcomed improvements in rates of juvenile crime.

Vehicle immobilisers continued to help drive down theft, including retrofitting in older cars, by making cars harder to steal. 

Mr Corbell said drops in violent and property crimes meant the community could feel safe. 

"I am pleased to report we are achieving reductions in both burglary and motor vehicle theft of 50 per cent or more," he said. 

"What this translates into is 2000 fewer victims of burglaries compared to the 2010 period, nearly 700 fewer victims of motor vehicle theft compared with 2010. 

"These are great results helping to make Canberra one of the safest cities in the country."