BY THE NUMBERS: Crime stats for Murgon, Cherbourg revealed
THE number of offences committed in Murgon and Cherbourg is now lower than when extra police were brought to the area to address crime.
Inspector Graeme Paine from the Burnett-Dalby Patrol Group said the 23 officers stationed in town had increased their police footprint to detect more offences.
In January and February this year, police conducted 249 street checks in Murgon and Cherbourg - 118 more than in the same period in 2018.
In the first two months of this year, police conducted 736 breath tests in the area, compared to 218 in the same period in 2018.
When speaking at a community meeting about crime in Murgon, Insp Paine said police recognised a connection between traffic offences and criminal offending.
"The higher visibility we have in the community and on the roads, the more likely we are to detect people on the roads and to deter or disrupt criminal activity," he said.
Insp Paine said this effort by local police was "staggeringly above the state average".
In the last 30 days, 13 of 26 property offences committed in Murgon and Cherbourg have been resolved by police.
A further 13 of 18 reported unlawful entry offences to businesses or houses have been resolved, and police have resolved 10 of 18 breaches of domestic violence.
"From my point of view, that shows police are engaged in your local communities and they are working hard and professionally to try and ensure we address the offences," Insp Paine said.
"When crime is being committed it is being solved at astonishing rates and the police are out, active and engaged in the local community which is reflective in the statistics that are being recorded."
There are 23 officers at Murgon Police Station, the same number of officers that Dalby has.
The difference is the Murgon policing area has a population of 3550 people, compared to Dalby's 14,224.
There are seven officers stationed in Cherbourg, which has a population of 1313 people.
Comparatively, Kingaroy has 19 officers for a population of 13,107 people.
Insp Paine said this meant there were four times the numbers of police in the Murgon area compared to Dalby based on head of population.
When comparing the ratio of crime to the population and number of police, Insp Paine said Murgon had a good police footprint.
"That doesn't prevent us from increasing police numbers based on issues that are contemporary within the community," he said.
"I understand your frustrations with what is happening in Murgon.
"From a policing point of view our role is to maintain community safety and to embed community confidence."