Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 23-02-16 Contents 9 - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
More than 16,000 Canberra residents
experienced some form of assault during
2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau
The annual data, released last Wednesday,
found 7000 Canberrans experienced at least
one incident of physical assault although only
70 per cent reported to the police.
Close to 11,000 ACT residents reported
being threatened, with another 10,300
reporting face-to-face threats of assault.
ACT Policing has previously urged caution
when interpreting the data but believe it
provides some indication of which crimes are
under-reported to authorities.
The survey collected data via personal
interviews about people's experiences of crime
victimisation for a selected range of personal
and household crimes,'' an ABS spokesman
The survey also collected data about
whether persons experiencing crime reported
these incidents to police, selected
characteristics of persons experiencing crime
and selected characteristics of the most recent
incident they experienced.''
Close to 4000 Canberrans reported a break-
in, with 82 per cent reporting the incidents to
Another 4200 households experienced an
attempted break-in although only 62 per cent
referred the matter to authorities, which was
slightly higher than the national average.
The ABS data found 6300 ACT residents
identified as the victims of motor vehicle theft,
with 60 per cent of incidents reported to police.
The theft from a motor vehicle
victimisation rate in the ACT in 2014-15
[4.3 per cent] was higher than the national rate
[2.9 per cent],'' an ABS spokesman said.
ACT Policing's latest crime statistics,
released this month, found reports of assault
increased by 8.1 per cent during the December
quarter, with homicides increasing from four to
The October to December 2015 quarterly
crime statistics show reports decreased in the
inner north and Woden, in a year-on-year
ACT Policing's acting superintendent of
ministerial policy and performance, Adrian
Craft, said it was natural to see ebbing and
flowing in crime reports.
We are pleased that the longer term trends
show crime reports have not matched
population growth,'' acting Superintendent
Crime reports have remained 21 per cent
lower in 2015 than 2010, despite Canberra's
population growing about 10 per cent in the
same period,'' he said.
Canberra's kayakers aim to hold title
The capital's mega weekend of kayaking is to return to the Molonglo River.
The capital is preparing for one huge
weekend of paddling with the Burley
Griffin Canoe Club running two major
events on February 27 and 28.
On Saturday, it will host the first
stage of the Paddle NSW 2016 State
Championships, followed by the 40th
annual Burley Griffin Bash on Sunday.
The Paddle NSW 2016 State
Championships kicks off at the BGCC
on Morsehead Drive and runs along
the Molonglo River, with lap-course
distances of 20 kilometres, 15km,
10km and 5km.
BGCC marathon paddlers are
hoping to win a fifth successive club
More than 200 paddlers from the
ACT and NSW took part in 2015 and
Flatwater Marathon convener Russell
Lutton is expecting a similar turnout
"Of course, a huge number of
family and support come also,"
Mr Lutton said.
"Anyone can participate, although
you either have to be a member of a
club that is affiliated with Paddle
NSW, or if you're not, you have to take
out a single event and insurance form
which you can get from Paddle NSW
on the day."
The same rules apply for Sunday's
Burley Griffin Bash, which attracts
about 50 competitors and has distances
of 30km and 13km.
The course also starts at the BGCC
and the 30km loop runs around
Springbank and Spinnaker Islands in
"The club has hosted this race for 40
consecutive years," Mr Lutton said.
"The numbers have gone up and
down over the years but a lot of the
interstaters decide to stay overnight
and do the two events."
The ACT Government has said that
camping is not permitted at Molonglo
Reach. The Paddle NSW Marathon
Series start at 11am (Division 7:
10.45am) and the Burley Griffin Bash
starts at 9am with entries from
Food stalls will run over the
weekend and the Canberra Southern
Cross Club's Snapper on the Lake is
offering a Saturday night dinner.
RSVP at email@example.com.
Enter events online at
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