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ONE IN FIVE: Drug offences top Burnett police stats

SOUTH Burnett residents have committed more drug-related offences in the past six months than any other type of offence.

According to Queensland Police data of the South Burnett local government area, residents committed 314 drug-related offences between December 20, 2018 and June 20, 2019.

Senior Sergeant David Tierney said the completion of a 12-month drug operation at the start of the year would account for a number of the offences but said he didn't believe the number of drug-related offence would lessen.

"We are not only targeting the users but the people that are selling and supplying,” he said.

The data revealed a total of 1734 offences were committed in the region during the six month period.

Friday was the most common day of the week for offences, with 286 committed on the day, which came to no surprise to Snr Sgt Tierney.

"Friday and Saturday have always been our highest day for calls for services and we have more staff working so a lot more offences are discovered by pro-actively stopping and intercepting people,” he said.

The most common time for offences was at 12am with 142 committed at that time.

The highest number of theft offences were committed in May at 78 offences.

Theft, which excluded unlawful entry, was the second most popular offence in the region with 304 offences.

On the region's roads, 237 traffic-related offences were committed in the six month period.

Unlawful entry was the next most frequent offence in the region according to the data, with 214 offences committed, including 48 recorded in February alone.

In the Cherbourg local government area, assault and property damage were the most common offences committed in the past six months.

Snr Sgt Tierney said assault and domestic violence offences were traditionally more common in communities such as Cherbourg with ongoing social issues.

The Queensland Police data indicted 49 cases of assault and property damage were recorded from December 20, 2018 to June 20, 2019.

Assault accounted for 18.35 per cent of the 267 offences committed in Cherbourg in the six month period.

In comparison, in the South Burnett assault accounted for 4.49 per cent of the offending.

Drug related offences made up 8.23 per cent of offending in Cherbourg whereas in the South Burnett drug-related offences accounted for 18.1 per cent of the total number of offences.

The third most common offence in the Cherbourg region was good order offences, including offences such as disorderly behaviour, with 48 reported cases.

The most number of offences were committed between 9pm and 12am with 21 each and the most common days for offences were Monday and Saturday at 54 each.

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