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Motor vehicle theft in Derby and Halls Creek

Media Release

20 September 2000

Media release from Senator, the Hon Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released the first national crime atlas, which shows that the Derby and Halls Creek areas have very high rates of motor vehicle theft.

"Motor vehicle theft are serious problems in the Derby and Halls Creek areas," Senator Vanstone said.

"In general, regional areas have low crime rates."

"The rate of motor vehicle theft in the Derby and Halls Creek areas are an exception."

"People in the Derby and Halls Creek areas are over 1.4 times more at risk of having their car stolen than the average in Wester Australia."

"As people in metropolitan areas have found, reductions in crime rates require long term effort."

"The community has a role through sensible crime prevention measures. Stopping motor vehicle thefts can be as simple as fitting an engine immobiliser."

"Many break and enters would have been stopped if someone had just locked the door before leaving the house or business, even if they are only away for a short time."

The crime statistics for the Derby and Halls Creek areas of Western Australia are a part of the Australian Institute of Criminology's crime mapping project. The Atlas of Crime 2000 was produced by the National Key Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems and the Australian Institute of Criminology Institutes. The atlas analyses rates of armed robbery, unarmed robbery, residential break and enters, non-residential break and enter and motor vehicle theft.