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Unarmed robbery in regional Queensland

Media Release

20 September 2000

Media release from Senator, the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released the first national crime atlas, which shows that many areas in North and West Queensland have very high rates of unarmed robbery.

"Unarmed robbery is a serious problem in North and West Queensland," Senator Vanstone said.

"In particular the rate of unarmed robbery in Croydon, Aramac and Isisford at over 140 per 100,000 are among the top 12 areas in Queensland."

"In general, regional areas have low crime rates."

"The rate of unarmed robbery in North and West Queensland is an exception."

"Unarmed robberies are primarily perpetrated on individuals, who are the victims in 89% of all unarmed robberies in Queensland."

"People in many areas in North and West Queensland are over 1.4 times more at risk of unarmed robbery than the average in Queensland."

"As people in metropolitan areas have found, reductions in crime rates require long term effort."

The crime statistics for North and West Queensland are a part of the Australian Institute of Criminology's crime mapping project. The Institutes crime atlas analyses rates of armed robbery, unarmed robbery, residential break and enters, non-residential break and enter and motor vehicle theft.