Police deny rising crime rate in Logan

WITH 14 robberies, several drug arrests and one attempted murder already this year, Logan is dominating local crime pages for 2010.

Last week alone, three service stations were targeted by thieves, wielding garden tools, screwdrivers and knifes.

On February 3, two men entered a service station on Rochedale Road and threatened the console operator with what appeared to be a garden tool while demanding money.

On February 1, two men entered a premises on Waller Road and made a demand for money while armed with a knife.

On January 31, a screwdriver was the weapon of choice, which the man used to threaten the service station attendant with on Ewing Road.

Meanwhile, two boys aged 13 and 14, were also robbed of some of their clothing at Springwood last week, a vehicle was allegedly stolen and set alight and 18 guitars went missing from Ellaways Music Store at Underwood (story below).

Citizens For A Better Deal spokesman, Lonnie Nielsen, said local businesses were suffering.

“Loaves and Fishes have had more break-ins in the past 12 months than they’ve ever had,” he said.

Kingston South Neighbourhood Watch area co-ordinator, Eric Nielsen, said he was concerned about Logan’s drug scene.

“In the past four years my neighbourhood watch group has helped put away about 20 drug dealers,” he said.

“I’ve witnessed $60,000 in cash being handed over for drugs and up to five people dealing out of one house.

“Drugs are a big problem in Logan.”

Mr Nielsen said the local police were doing an “excellent” job and believed the community needed to step up.

“The Logan community needs to be more involved. People need to keep their eyes and ears open for any suspicious activity and report it to police immediately,” he said.

Despite the alarming statistics, Logan Police District Superintendent, Alistair Dawson, said this year’s crime rate was on par with the rate 12 months ago.

He said the robberies were mostly opportunistic and juveniles were often the offenders.

“They do not realise there are severe consequences for both armed and non armed robberies and jail time,” he said.

“It isn’t a case of ‘if’ they will be caught, it’s a case of ‘when’.”

Logan District Detective Inspector Christopher Jory said police were currently running Operation Eclipse, which focused on crime prevention.

“We use a range of strategies and work with Logan City Council and businesses to lower the crime rate,” he said.

“We conduct random visitations of businesses we think may be a soft target and talk to them about crime prevention strategies.”

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“Drugs are a big problem in Logan, ”– Kingston South Nighbourhood Watch area co0ordinator, Eric Nielsen.

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