Small decline in reported crimes

Queensland has recorded a slight decrease in the overall rate of reported crime, with Queensland Police Service (QPS) data released today.

And senior officer Steve Gollschewski has been appointed as the state’s Police Commission after acting in the role.

There has been a one per cent drop in the overall reported crime rate this current financial year compared with the same period last year.

The reduction is attributed to collaboration across agencies on prevention, intervention and detention initiatives, as well as high-visibility policing patrols and the targeted flying squad which were introduced by Commissioner Gollschewki.

Number of reported offences per 100,000 population (July 2022 to March 2023 compared with July 2023 to March 2024)

  • All offences – From 8360 to 8306 (down 1 per cent)
  • Offences against the person – From 1116 to 1169 (up 5 per cent)
  • Property crime offences – From 3984 to 3931 (down 1 per cent)
  • Other offences – From 3259 to 3205 (down 2 per cent)

Key property offence categories decreases include unlawful entry down nine per cent, unlawful use of a motor vehicle down two per cent and fraud down seven per cent.


QPS last week provided data revealing a 10.7 per cent drop in overall offences committed by young people in the first quarter of 2024, when compared to same reporting period last year.

This month, the QPS also launched Operation Whiskey Legion, a major multi-level crime operation designed to reduce crime in hotspot areas with more than 400 offenders arrested on 895 charges during the first deployment in Ipswich and Logan.

The Queensland Government Statistician’s Office has also released the Queensland Crime Report which compares crime data from 2021-2022 to 2022-2023 financial years.

The report highlights an increase in offences against the person and domestic and family violence offences, with assault, stalking and DFV breaches all recording significant increases during the reporting period.

The report also notes higher recorded numbers of youth offenders and offences may not be an indicator of an increase in youth offending, but rather a result of increased detection given a heightened police presence.

There remains a high prevalence of domestic and family violence in the community with police callouts to DFV matters also increasing during the current financial year.


Commissioner Gollschewski said: “While the preliminary overall crime rate for 2023/2024 is moving in a positive direction, we know we must continue to tackle crime from every angle.”

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