Page 2158 - Week 07 - Thursday, 16 May 2013

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education or a job over committing crime. These are the fundamental steps we need to take to ensure that we continue to drive down the level of crime in our community.

On top of that, ACT Policing, through their volume crime reduction strategy, is targeting known offenders, proactively patrolling public places to prevent property crime, and raising community awareness about personal safety and making homes, business and workplaces secure. For example, ACT Policing has undertaken its project safe plate, providing for special one-way screws to be attached to number plates to prevent them from being stolen, and therefore reducing opportunities for related motor vehicle theft. It is just one example of the type of efforts being undertaken across the city to deal with these issues.

MS PORTER: Supplementary.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Attorney, how has the community been encouraged to contribute to a reduction of crime in the community?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the supplementary. There are a couple of things where we can see how police and government engage with the community to encourage them to assist in reducing crime and to reduce the opportunities for crime. For example, Policing have an excellent display at the Royal Canberra Show, a crime scene house that explains what happens at a break and enter scene in a home and what householders can do to try and prevent that occurrence from happening in their own home.

Equally, Policing are undertaking efforts to educate and inform parents and young people about issues around alcohol consumption and alcohol-related violence. These included the launch of a new social media campaign called “Don’t take your chances” to deter young people from under-age drinking as part of the recent Skyfire event around Lake Burley Griffin and also trying to send a message that it is okay to say no to alcohol.

These are two very good examples where police are engaging with the community, encouraging the community to understand risks, to understand what they can do to prevent crime and to keep themselves safe.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Minister, this year ACT Policing celebrates its centenary of—

MADAM SPEAKER: Preamble, Ms Berry. Could you get to the question?

MS BERRY: Could the minister outline some of the features contained in the centenary of policing in Canberra coffee-table book which contributed to the evolution of policing in the ACT?

MADAM SPEAKER: I am sorry, I am not quite sure how a coffee-table book relates to crime statistics. I think I am going to have to rule it out of order.

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