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Answers to questions

(Question No 749)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 15 November 2005:

(1) In relation to an article in the Northside Chronicle of 1 November 2005 entitled “Mail boxes vandalised”, how many additional patrols have been implemented at the Charnwood shops;

(2) How many reports of (a) break and enter, (b) theft and (c) property damage have been reported over (i) the last 3 months and (ii) the last year;

(3) What evidence is there to show that this increase in crime is cyclical as described in the article;

(4) What steps have been undertaken to address this problem;

(5) Why was the Charnwood newsagency attacked on four prior occasions before any additional police resources were provided;

(6) Why didn’t the intelligence based policing operations use information from these many prior attacks to construct a strategy to profile and hopefully intercept these offenders;

(7) Have any offenders been charged, convicted or otherwise in (a) the last 3 months and (b) the last year in relation to these attacks at the Charnwood shops; if so, how many and for what offences; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Charnwood Shops are patrolled by Belconnen patrols which are also required to patrol other Belconnen and Gungahlin locations during the hours of darkness. While there have been no additional patrols implemented specifically for Charnwood shops, police have been asked to pay particular attention and to conduct patrols whilst in the area around Charnwood Shops. Statistics are not available on the actual number of patrols of the Charnwood shops.

(2) ACT Policing records show the following numbers of offences at Charnwood shops in the periods specified:

(a) Break and Enter*

(b) Theft#

(c) Property Damage

(i) 3 months




(ii) 12 months




* figures are for offences recorded as “burglaries”;

# figures include stolen motor vehicles;

(3) While there is some evidence in the available data to suggest crime patterns for some offences committed at the Charnwood shops may be somewhat sporadic, the actual numbers involved are quite small and it would be unsafe to draw definite conclusions.

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