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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 August 2011) . . Page.. 3656 ..


approach being taken by ACT Policing, with their dedicated volume crime targeting team, which has focused police resources more acutely on contributing factors such as alcohol-related crime and antisocial behaviour. A revitalised intelligence collection and analysis effort against volume property crime through the targeting of known recidivist offenders and strictly enforcing bail conditions on known property crime offenders have had a very significant impact on the level of crime in our community.

Of course, whilst these results are very encouraging, and I want to commend ACT Policing for the excellent work they have done in delivering these results on behalf of our community, more work remains to be done and the government will be focusing on a range of other measures to continue to make sure Canberrans can enjoy one of the safest cities in the nation.

MR SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, a supplementary?

DR BOURKE: Minister, you mentioned in your response the government’s property crime strategy. Is this something the government will continue to focus on to make sure these trends stay positive?

MR CORBELL: The government is in the process of developing a property crime reduction strategy, a whole-of-government response aimed at further lowering and maintaining the rate of burglary, break and enters and motor vehicle offending at a low level. We want to build on the success to date of ACT Policing’s efforts in tackling property and motor vehicle theft and to cement those gains for the long term.

I have directed the Justice and Community Directorate to develop a new property crime reduction strategy. This is being developed by a crime prevention and community safety forum, which includes representatives from across the government, ACT Policing and representatives from different sectors including young people, the aged, people with a disability, mental health, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, the drug and alcohol sector, and the disadvantaged and low income sector.

This whole-of-government strategy will include three key objectives which are aimed at further lowering and maintaining the rate of burglary, break and enter and motor vehicle offending at low levels. That is why it is important to stop the cycle of offending, engage the disengaged through early intervention and create a safer, more secure community by making buildings and public places safer and cars more secure. So the development of this strategy will be supported by a comprehensive action plan that brings together a range of existing programs and identifies new initiatives to help build on the significant success to date and prevent and further reduce burglary and motor vehicle theft in the ACT.

MS PORTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what other approaches is the government taking to deal with the issues of property crime?


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