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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1218 ..


We are ensuring that the growing Molonglo region is adequately served by police and emergency services. I appreciate resident concerns and we are working with ACT Policing to respond. However, crime reports in this part of Canberra are decreasing.

For example:

Property damage is down. So far in the 2020-21 financial year, there have been 102 reports in Weston Creek and 68 in Molonglo. This compares to 239 in Weston Creek and 88 in Molonglo last financial year.

Burglaries are tracking considerably lower than the 2019-20 figure of 173 in Weston Creek and 84 in Molonglo. As of 7 April 2021, there have been 77 in Weston Creek and 42 reported burglaries in Molonglo.

There were 104 motor vehicle thefts in Weston Creek and 37 in Molonglo last year, and there have been 53 in Weston Creek and 23 in Molonglo so far this year.

The Officer-in-Charge of Woden Police Station recently addressed the Weston Creek Community Council and the Denman Prospect Community Action Group to discuss concerns in the community, and late last year, the Weston Creek community were advised that ACT Policing had made arrests relating to burglaries in the area.

Education, disruption, prevention, diversion, and strong community engagement are central to ensuring a strong policing service into the future. Since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, ACT Policing has begun to increase its in-person engagement opportunities.

In the 2019-20 Budget, the ACT Government provided $33.9 million to enable ACT Policing to transition to a community-focused, proactive model of policing under the Police Services Model. With this funding, ACT Policing has recruited and developed Operationalised Intelligence and Community focused proactive teams, marking the first step towards this new police service. A Strategic Accommodation Plan is also in development to consider community policing needs into the future.

I would encourage members of the community to report any anti-social behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online via https://www.crimestoppersact.com.au.

ACT Policing plans to continue these engagements and encourages people in the community to attend and speak to officers directly. Further information about ACT Policing’s upcoming community events is available through: https://www.police.act.gov.au/connect-us/community-events-and-engagement.


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