Spin belies ACT crime rate

By David Biles
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:59am, first published April 6 2012 - 5:00pm

It must be about two years ago that I first wrote an article for this newspaper which suggested that Canberra was not the safe, low-crime city which we were told about by some politicians and the police. I based this conclusion on the results of a national crime victim survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which showed that for many offences the ACT was on a par with the the rest of Australia. That article seemed to have had no impact and the rosy picture of a low-crime Canberra continued to be widely promoted.

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