Youth crime rate down in Tasmania

Tasmanian offences in numbersActs intended to cause injury decreased by 22 per cent (516 offenders).Theft and related offences decreased by 36 per cent (472 offenders).Illicit drug offences decreased by 32 per cent (630 offenders).Public order offences decreased by 15 per cent (593 offenders).Number of offenders proceeded against by police declined by 27 per cent (3,984 offenders).Figures from Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015-16 compared to 2008-09. During the same time period, however, Tasmania’s population rose by 0.5 per cent.Assistant Commission Frame said he believed crime was falling across the state thanks to positive relationships police and community groups were developing.”It’s a positive reflection on the hard work of our staff, but it’s also a positive reflection on the support we get from the community,” he said.”It’s about working with the community and the community realising that our staff are out there every day holding people to account.”Our goal is to reduce crime, make the roads safer and make people feel and be safe in the community.”Assistant Commission Frame said efforts to work with young people at risk also appeared to be paying off.”A very small percentage of young people have real issues and go off the track,” he said.”It’s about trying to engage with those at an early stage to identify them and work with other government agencies.”Sometimes success is they only commit two offences this month instead of 10, but that’s eight less victims and that’s a good thing.” Tasmania’s youths are less likely to commit a crime today than they were in 2008, according to Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) numbers.The latest ABS report show crime rates in Tasmania for the 2015-16 period were down by 55 per cent among people aged 10 to 17, as compared to the 2008-09 period.Glen Frame, Assistant Commissioner with Tasmania Police, said the statistics may come as a shock to some.”Often young people get blamed for a whole range of things,” he told Ryk Goddard on ABC Radio Hobart.”The reality is that crime’s down 50 per cent as to where it was 15 years ago in Tasmania.”I think young people of today are fantastic and they’re probably better than I think I was at that age.”The median age of offenders in Tasmania has risen from 27 years in 2014-15 to 28 in 2015-16.This was up four years from 2008 when the median age for offenders was just 24.The total number of offenders in Tasmania for 2015-16 was 10,842 — an increase of 0.5 per cent from 2014-15.
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February 10, 2017 14:32:42

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