Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 February 2022) . . Page.. 62 ..
in the Yerrabi district—being awoken by car hoons terrorising the streets late at night and having to take to Facebook resident groups to track down criminals committing these petty crimes. Minister, how many incidents of antisocial driving and graffiti have been reported in the Yerrabi region in 2021?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Castley for the question. It is important that we have safe streets across the ACT. The government and ACT Policing have zero tolerance for antisocial driver behaviour. Whilst ACT Policing have a significant presence on our roads, they cannot be everywhere, all of the time. That is why information from the community, like what is suggested has been provided, is crucial in identifying problematic areas. Those issues that are occurring are dealt with by police. This information helps ACT Policing to better assess, prioritise and direct resources to incidents.
I do not have in front of me the numbers for hoon driving for the particular area. I can say that, in addition to responding to complaints from the community, a further 73 traffic targeting patrols were conducted during the month of November by officers from the road policing and other ACT Policing portfolios. Police targeted speeding motorists on roads across the ACT during January 2022, as part of ACT Policing’s and the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate’s road safety calendar focus.
MS CASTLEY: Minister, what has been done in Gungahlin to address property crime?
MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, the patrols that police are doing are helping to reduce crime across the ACT. Indeed, if you look at the recent Report on Government Services, you will see a decrease in crime across the ACT. The 10-year trend is trending down, which is quite positive. Of course, property crime still occurs. We go about a campaign of informing the ACT community of how best they can combat it, as well as ensuring we have police on the ground to respond to that crime.
MR HANSON: Minister, how many reports of property crime have actually been attended in person by police in Gungahlin, as opposed to just online reporting?
MR GENTLEMAN: Police will attend, of course—
Mr Hanson: Will they?
MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, police will attend crime as it is occurring. That is the focus; that is the reason that we want to ensure we have enough police to attend to crime.
Mr Hanson: That’s not what the Chief Police Officer said.
MR GENTLEMAN: What the Chief Police Officer said—I will respond—is that we want to move to a more efficient way of reporting. That does not mean we are not going to respond to property crimes. It is just a change in the way that crime can be reported, and they are going through the process of talking through with the community how that can occur. If we are able to use online reporting, and use the