Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is continuing to hail a 10 per cent drop in crime, despite evidence showing the fall was much less dramatic.
Queensland’s premier is standing by a suggestion the state’s crime rate has fallen by 10 per cent despite analysis showing the drop was much smaller.
Campbell Newman and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart have both been hailing a double-digit annual fall in crime during the past week.
But an ABC analysis of Queensland Police Service data shows crime fell by 2.1 per cent in 2013/14 when adjusted for population growth.
Mr Newman declined to comment on a suggestion the government and the police commissioner were cherry picking crime figures.
“You’d better go and talk to the police commissioner,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“He came out very clearly the other day and said crime is down 10 per cent across the state and that’s because of strong laws, strong government and about 800 extra police on the beat.”
Recorded offences in Queensland fell to 436,720 during 2013/14, down from 437,465 previously, raw data shows.
Assaults, robbery and rape fell by 6.3 per cent, while property offences were down 11.3 per cent.
But other offences, including drugs and breaches of domestic violence orders, rose 10.4 per cent.
The premier declined to say if a more detailed breakdown of crime figures would be released in an annual report.
“The Queensland Police Service will be able to tell you about the very significant reductions in crime, depending on the location, depending on the crime category,” Mr Newman said.