Petition against crime becomes official
A COMMUNITY push to crack down on crime in the South Burnett has become official.
Reclaim the South Burnett, a petition started by South Burnett resident Laura Freeman, has been launched.
Nanango MP Deb Frecklington sponsored the petition.
The petition, which has already gathered more than 100 signatures, says residents are concerned about growing crime rates in the South Burnett and Cherbourg council areas.
"Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House concerns raised by the community, despite the best efforts of hardworking local police, in regards to the growing crime rate in the South Burnett and Cherbourg Council areas following increased and continued incidents of car thefts and home break-ins," the petition reads.
"Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to consider policing and preventative strategies for these communities, including extra policing resources, harsher penalties for offenders, youth crime prevention programs and strategies to help prevent juvenile offenders from re-offending."
There has been a recent rise in the overall rate of reported crime in the South Burnett area, and a QPS representative said they were working to address this.
"There are many casual factors that contribute to fluctuations in crime rates, and police are working with other government and non-government agencies to address a range of factors that impact on communities in the South Burnett," they said.
To have your say, sign the petition online.