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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 934..


Crime-investigations finalised

(Question No 871)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 14 February 2006:

(1) Further to Table 5A.48 of the Report on Government Services published by the Productivity Commission, relating to (a) unlawful entry with intent, why does the ACT have the lowest percentage (3.6%) of investigations finalised at 30 days when compared with all other States and Territories in Australia, (b) motor vehicle theft, why does the ACT have the second lowest percentage (7.7%) of investigations finalised at 30 days when compared with all other states and territories in Australia, (c) other theft, why does the ACT have the lowest percentage (10.3%) of investigations finalised at 30 days when compared with all other States and Territories in Australia;

(2) Does this trend indicate that property crime investigations are not being resourced sufficiently; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) It is not possible to provide a definitive answer to this question, as there are many variables that affect the rate at which crimes are cleared across jurisdictions.

(2) There are many factors that influence results in this area.

Crime-drink spiking

(Question No 872)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 14 February 2006:

(1) What was the total number of drink spiking incidences reported to police in each month from March 2005 to 14 February 2006;

(2) How many of these cases were followed up by police;

(3) Were any (a) offenders identified and (b) arrests or charges laid; if so, in how many cases;

(4) What work has been undertaken to reduce the incidence of drink spiking, particularly with concerns raised by the ACT Ambulance Service about an increase in suspected drink spiking over the Christmas/New Year period.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The total number of drink spiking incidents reported to police from 1 March 2005-14 February 2006:

Month

Reported Incidents of Drink Spiking

Number of Confirmed Drink Spiking

March 2005

9

1 - MDMA (ecstasy)

April 2005

11

0


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