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Robberies increase for the fourth year in a row

The number of victims of robbery rose to almost 12,000 in 2019, an increase of 16 per cent on 2018 and the fourth consecutive yearly rise, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

ABS director of crime and justice statistics, William Milne, said over the last four years the number of victims of robbery recorded by police had risen by 25 per cent.

“Most of the victims of robbery in 2019 were male (76 per cent), with one in five of all victims (22 per cent) aged between 15 and 19 years.

“Just under half (49 per cent) were armed robberies and of these 46 per cent involved a knife with most robberies committed at a community location, such as a suburban street.”

The number of victims of burglary and motor vehicle thefts also rose between 2018 and 2019, with a three per cent rise in victims of burglary (173,344) and a nine per cent increase in motor vehicle theft victims (58,021).

The majority of these offences occurred at a residential location; 53 per cent of motor vehicle thefts and 72 per cent of burglaries.

Have you ever been a victim of crime? Do you feel Australia is becoming more or less safe?

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There are more robberies and crimes now than there has ever been -- that's why IMO sound-minded people should be able to own a gun --

I would gladly own one and even go and take lessons -- even though I always used to own one and always carried it with me when I went caravaning -- mostly to be able to put a poor animal out of suffering IF it had been hit on the road -- lucky I never had to use it but I used to have it loaded if we camped in a very out of the way place as well

As long as we have inequality in such extremes we will always have theft/robberies. With more and more young kids under age of being sentenced doing it, we need to look at other measures of combatting it by finding out why these kids are doing it and how we can nip it in the bud early.

I think there are a LOT of the kids do it because they can -- and know they will not be punished for it,  I say if they do an adult crime they should get an adult punishment

I still think it is fair that sound-minded people should be able to have a gun -- just for general protection -- from who ever

The problem is parents are not doing their duty as parents

For some strange reason they are their offsprings friends ..hence the kids do as they please

No parental control, in Qld a weak judiciary, a weak Government and no consequences,

they even turn up to court in stolen cars.

Copy and Paste from Suze above.

The problem is parents are not doing their duty as parents

Unfortunately easier said than achieved.

Children have more "rights" than parents. (speaking from some experience)

And when a child absolutely refuses a parents requests, there is NOTHING a parent can do that is legal.

Just exactly what can a parent do to control a 100% rebellious child.

I've read about this topics heaps of times without one word said about how/what  a parent can do.

Yes it is hard once they go down the rebellious road, my mum's friend's grandkids are already showing it at aged 5 refusing to go to kindergarten, and many other places, says it is too noisy and wants to stay home, they have been told to take the kid to the doctor for assessment. So many kids have issues early but have never got the support or the parents do not get the support when needed.

In the "Wild West", it was legal to shoot anyone who stole your Horse because it took away your transport and your means of earning a living. Today, it should not be that different as your vehicle is your personal transport and gets you to your workplace or is required for your work. Now I am not suggesting that we shoot the little buggers that steal cars to joyride, wreck and burn whilst endangering themselves and other road users, but there should be mandatory sentencing, probably around five years in the Big House. 

While on that subject, why are prisons all built on the coastal strip close to facilities. If they were situated in the far west of our eastern states then they may not be so cushy for the "clients". Would they still treat gaol with contempt if the temperature in summer was 40 degrees plus, winter mornings at around zero and almost no TV reception for the poor dears.

Let's have zero tolerance and MAKE CAR STEALING A PRISON OFFENCE. 

They are built there because no one would work there if it was out in the dry hot areas.

granpa Dave, I can only speak of observations pertinent to Queensland regarding the locations of our "Corrective" Services Facilities.  Gaols to you and I.

I'm not sure of the priorities but, they must be located where suitable staff may be found.  As in recruiting from the available local workforce.  The idea that people may relocate from distant areas to engage in suitable employment seems to no longer apply.

The local area must offer suitable rental accommodation for the families of the prisoners who are being held so that family ties may be continued.  You can imagine what the effect that that can have on the long term local society knowing that the "new kids" in town are only there as long as dad (or mum) is serving their sentence.

The local town also needs to have suitable healthcare and Centre Link facilities to support this extended family of the person being corrected.

It is true that placing such a facility in a country or remote area can bring industries and ancillary support services which weren't there before, but other than the Government money to directly run the gaol and the Centrelink payments to the "families", it earns little in the overall scheme of the economy of the district.

 

All through the years as soon as unemployment goes up there is problems and houses get robbed.

Personally I think it is long overdue to have youth do a four year sentence in the army/Forces if they get caught robbing a house the second time.

It is also about time The Stocks were brought back, there is no humility or respect in society these days, respect for their own being and the respect of other peoples space and property.

Maybe a couple of reasons, apart from some people just being nasty and cannot keep their hands of other peoples property , are

1. our social secuirity payments, particularly unemployment payments, are too low making some normally law abiding people so desparate, and

2. our prohibition on some drugs making addicts so desparate they resort to stealing. 

Solution to 1. is obvious. Solution to 2. is to allow  addicted people to have the drugs they crave prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmicist at minimal cost. To give long gaol sentences to drug makers/smugglers/trafficers then bankrupt them and/or their families by confiscating any property (such as bank accounts, houses, cars, boats etc) if they cannot show a legitimate source of means to acquire the property. In other words if they cannot demonstrate legitimacy then the property is deemed 'proceeds of crime'.

 "To give long gaol sentences to drug makers/smugglers/trafficers" 

We are too soft Eddy, we need the death penalty.

Many are addicted to legal drugs too. But not all those who steal are drug addicts they just have no respect for anything, anyone or themselves, most are seeking attention. Many of the kids parents are the one's with real problems. And the gang mentality which is started in schools contributes too.

Celia, while I have no reservations about the death penality per se, we all get a death sentence the moment we are born, a long term of imprisonment and losing all the benefits of their crimes may be even greater punishment.

True Incognito, not all addicts steal, but if we can eliminate the imperative to steal from those who may be  desparate enough to steal we may reduce the number of robberies.

Maybe a couple of reasons, apart from some people just being nasty and cannot keep their hands of other peoples property , are

1. our social secuirity payments, particularly unemployment payments, are too low making some normally law abiding people so desparate, and

2. our prohibition on some drugs making addicts so desparate they resort to stealing. 

Solution to 1. is obvious. Solution to 2. is to allow  addicted people to have the drugs they crave prescribed by a doctor and dispensed by a pharmicist at minimal cost. To give long gaol sentences to drug makers/smugglers/trafficers then bankrupt them and/or their families by confiscating any property (such as bank accounts, houses, cars, boats etc) if they cannot show a legitimate source of means to acquire the property. In other words if they cannot demonstrate legitimacy then the property is deemed 'proceeds of crime'.

The blame lies with parents who do not do their job, but expect teachers to do their work for them. The law encourags the little blighters to do as they please. Bring back the cane, and aso cane the parents for not teaching the kids right from wrong. Send them off to boot camp, work in the fields and from the sweat of their brow, they shall straighten and become good citizens.

Some children learn nothing by the cane Lucca;  but I agree society is too soft.

Boot Camp I will go along with, I think also 4 years in the Armed Forces if they have history of being irresponsible.

Some people should not breed either!

Two wrongs do not make a right, they have already proving that beating children does not work that is why it is banned.

There are boot camps but not all parents can afford to pay the costs, but if the Government put funding towards them it would become another rort for those wanting to make a quick easy dollar.

 

It has to be Federally Government funded to make it work,  it also should be for more than six weeks!

 

But if you consider how bad the Job Provider thing is for the unemployed which is wasting lots of taxpayers money, how would a boot camp not be any different if Government funded? There is no easy solution to this problem.

Now you see that's where you're  wrong, if somone had sent you off to bootcamp, you wouldn't be so negative, ask so many damn fool questions and hung up on conspiracy theories.

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yup Celia, a stint in the army would be a good thing

 

 

For male and female Lucca.   

The girls in same cases are no better when it comes to responsibilities and crime.     

I am lucky I have sons and they have both been responsible.

I don't mean for them to be punished per se, as in inflicting injury, more like a culture change and seeing others points of view and realizing the actualy hurt people that break and enter do to anyone be they old or young. 

 

I think you'll find horse theives were only shot where there was no rule of law, only vigilanty law.  Once law was established in territories theives were held until tried, then hanged. 

I think you'll find horse theives were only shot where there was no rule of law, only vigilanty law.  Once law was established in territories theives were held until tried, then hanged. 

I think you'll find horse theives were only shot where there was no rule of law, only vigilanty law.  Once law was established in territories theives were held until tried, then hanged. 

I have for a long time thought there should be two levels of incarceration for a crime.

BASIC where you only get what is required to serve your term.

CONTRIBUTION where the convicted must pay for any extras the request/receive.

That way even if they have signed over all their assets etc, someone must pay if they want any approved extras.

Then that payment can be finge benefit taxed.

As should their living support after release.

The aged pay a contribution to any home help.

Uni graduates pay a contribution through taxation.

So not a new or radical idea.

User pays, so why not Abuser pays.

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