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Reports down but region is one of Queensland's worst for Ice

EMERGENCY SERVICES: Crimestoppers have published their 2017 statistics.
EMERGENCY SERVICES: Crimestoppers have published their 2017 statistics. Paul Donaldson BUN120617POL3

THE NUMBER of calls made to Crime Stoppers in Dalby fell dramatically in 2017 however the region is still one of the worst for Ice use in Queensland.

Crime Stoppers released its annual statistics this morning, revealing a reduction in reports made across the state.

20,313 reports were made in Queensland last year, 1884 fewer than last year.

There was a large decline in reports made in Dalby in 2017, from 714 down to 416.

The 42 per cent drop could be the result of efficient police work, according to Dalby Crime Stoppers secretary Graham Buntain.

"I would say our police force is doing a very good job,” Mr Buntain said.

"The reduction could be put down to the fact people may not need to call us because the police have been very could at catching criminals.”

Ice has again been highlighted as an issue in the region, with 116 reports made in relation to the drug.

This places Dalby in the top 10 in Queensland for ice reports to the organisation.

Toowoomba and Newtown also placed in the top 10.

In total, $61,245 worth of drugs were seized in the region in 2017.

While reports were down in 2017, arrests and charges both increased compared to the previous year.

Last year there were 56 arrests and 189 charges laid in Dalby because of reports made, up from 49 and 172 in the previous year.

The Western Downs town of Tara also had a reduction in reports made in 2017, from 37 down to 25.

Drug related crimes were the most reported in the region.

Topics:  crime report crime stoppers queensland dalby ice tara


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