CRIME STATS: Theft and rape on rise in Burnett, drugs down

NEW crime figures from the Queensland Police Service have shown mixed results for the South Burnett, with overall offence numbers down, but theft, rape and other sexual offences hitting new highs.

Over the past three years theft and unlawful entry have increased across the South Burnett, however drug-related crimes and public nuisance offences have dramatically declined.

Rape, attempted rape and other sexual offences have almost quadrupled in Nanango and Murgon since 2016, while they have halved in Kingaroy and Cherbourg.

Rape, attempted rape and other sexual offences in Murgon increased from three offences in 2016 to 11 offences so far this year.

Meanwhile in Nanango, those offences have jumped from seven in 2016, to 28 in 2018.

Theft has almost doubled in Kingaroy between 2016 and 2017, from 188 offences to 339.

Good order offences including police obstruction and public nuisance have halved right across the South Burnett and Cherbourg.

In 2016, 1625 good order offences were reported across the region, so far this year only 869 have been committed.

Fraud in Kingaroy has dramatically decreased year on year, with 91 offences committed in 2016, 43 offences in 2017 and only 9 offences committed so far this year.

Fraud also reached new lows in Murgon, from 176 offences in 2016, 91 offences in 2017 to only 3 offences so far in 2018.

Drug offences have declined throughout the region as well.

Nanango recorded 252 offences in 2016 and just 75 drug offences so far in 2018.

Drug offences have halved in Wondai, from 146 in 2016 to 69 in 2018, and in Cherbourg only 134 drug offences have occurred this year, compared to 426 in 2016.

Drug offences in Murgon have decreased from 236 in 2016 to 154 in 2018 while in Kingaroy they've remained steady the past three years, with an average of 437 offences over the past three years.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 13 14 44 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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