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Act Policing is undertaking a range of measures to do this. For example, ACT Policing has continued its new initiative where dedicated patrol members are accompanied by a forensic crime scene officer to attend priority 3 property crime incidents, including burglaries. This new approach leads to better sharing of information and intelligence in relation to crime and it also assists the victims of crime by providing a one-stop-shop attendance, recording and investigation service rather than having multiple visits on multiple occasions.
ACT Policing also continue other important measures such as project safe plate to help drive down levels of motor vehicle theft and theft also of registration plates. (Time expired.)
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.
MS BERRY: Attorney, what other work is the government doing to reduce crime statistics across the ACT?
MR CORBELL: The government continues with a range of other measures to tackle property crime in the ACT. We are increasingly focusing our efforts on interventions with those groups in the community who are more susceptible to be engaged and caught up in crime. So whether it is engaging with people who live in, for example, low income areas or low income households more vulnerable to crime, assisting those people, particularly young people, to choose a job or to choose training or to choose further education over the choice of getting back into or deciding they want to commit crime is a critical intervention that we continue to pursue in partnership with community organisations.
These and other strategies are outlined in the property crime reduction strategy, and the government will continue to build on the excellent results we see, the significant reduction in crime we see and the significant reduction we see in the number of Indigenous young people caught up in crime. We are seeing fewer Indigenous people being remanded after arrest by the police as a result of the types of interventions the government is putting forward. These are all very, very important. We have seen a 46 per cent reduction in the number of Indigenous young people remanded in custody in the past 12 months. That is a great outcome.
So we can drive down crime. We can reduce the number of Indigenous young people caught up in crime. We can reduce overall the number of young people caught up in crime. And those are the types of measures the property crime reduction strategy, in partnership across government, is going to drive.
Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
MR RATTENBURY: Madam Speaker, might I just seek your indulgence for a clarification on Mr Gentleman’s earlier supplementary question. Mr Gentleman asked