South Australia’s top crime rate, with violent crime up, has been recorded as the biggest in the nation for the second time in two years.
The state recorded a 6.5 per cent rise in violent crime from a year earlier, with an average of 5,094 offences recorded a year ago.
It was the second straight year of increases and the first since January 2018.
“The crime numbers are good news for South Australians and we thank everyone for helping keep South Australia safe,” SA Police Commissioner Rob Bailey said.
“This is not a time for complacency.
We know that the criminals we are tackling are determined to harm and harm again.”
South Australia is safer today than it was in 2015 when we recorded a 7.3 per cent increase in crime.
“The crime figures were released ahead of a visit by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to the state.
Mr Andrews had flagged in April that the crime rate would be “tighter” than it had been in the past, after a spike in violent crimes.
He also made a plea for more community engagement in the state’s policing, saying the government was looking at ways to improve the relationship between police and the community.
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has also released figures showing that the number of violent crimes recorded in South Australians dropped by 1.3 percent from the year before.
Police have released the figures in a bid to tackle the growing number of shootings and robberies across the state, as well as the spike in burglaries.
Police said the rate of violent crime was down by 0.4 per cent in the month of April.
The national average for the first two months of this year was 7.6 per cent, the Crime Commission said.
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