Queensland’s stolen cars shame

Queensland’s crime crisis is breaking unwanted records, as pressure grows on the Palaszczuk Government to recall Parliament early to address the unfolding stolen car epidemic.

The latest police statistics have revealed December 2022 was the worst December on record for stolen cars, across Queensland.

2133 cars were stolen last December, a rise of nearly 50 percent on the previous 12 months.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the State Government’s watered-down laws had raised a generation of young criminals running rife across Queensland.

“Queenslanders everywhere are paying a high price for the State Government’s soft laws because we’re now seeing the cost of car insurance jump in line with the number of cars stolen across our communities,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“This is a failure of leadership and legislation and Queenslanders want change,” Shadow Police Minister Dale Last said Queenslanders deserve better.

“More cars are being stolen every day because the Labor Government’s soft-on crime strategy is a catastrophic failure.

“Queensland is in the midst of a crime epidemic and after watering down the laws the Palaszczuk Government is now in denial about how serious it is.

“All Queenslanders deserve to feel safe in their own homes.

“It’s the same kids committing the same crimes in the same areas and Queenslanders, including our hard-working police officers, are fed up with Labor’s revolving door of young criminals.”

The Member for Toowoomba North wants to see consequences for action.

“New data shows roughly one in three youth offenders are reoffending whilst on bail, I will continue to call for breach of bail to be reinstated as an offence.  

“The judiciary need the Palaszczuk Government to strengthen the legislation.

“We need to make sure the next generation doesn’t follow the examples they see and help the next generation be a part of our community not against it.” Mr Watts said.

Unlawful Use of Motor Vehicle – QLD
DecemberNumber
19971,532
19981,532
19991,790
20001,667
20011,368
20021,481
20031,236
20041,199
2005962
2006942
2007849
2008832
2009831
2010744
2011977
20121,090
2013824
2014763
2015803
20161,039
20171,143
20181,380
20191,617
20201,369
20211,452
20222,133
Annual Increase 2021-2247%

Source: Maps and statistics | QPS (police.qld.gov.au)

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