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Break and enters in rural Western Australia

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 almost all rural areas in Western Australia experience very high rates of crime against businesses.

"Break and enters against businesses are serious problems in almost all rural areas in Western Australia," Senator Vanstone said.

"In Australia, rural regional areas generally have low rates of residential break and enters. In the Eastern States residential break and enters are almost always concentrated in capital cities."

"In Western Australia, in contrast to the Eastern States, rural areas have residential break and enter rates that are over 1.4 times the State average."

"In particular, the Halls Creek and Meekatharra areas have rates of residential break and enters that are over 1,800 per 100,000."

"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."

"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 rural 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.