Police 'effective' tackling serious crime

SERIOUS crime in Tasmania is less common and more likely to be resolved than other states, an Auditor-General's report has found.

The report into Tasmania Police practices, released by Auditor-General Mike Blake today, found that Tasmania Police were effective at tackling serious crime.

Mr Blake said the report found there was no clear causal link between the level of government spending and the number of serious crimes, but showed that as funding on crime prevention measures had increased in recent years, the level of serious crime had decreased.

``Overall, I concluded that, in all material respects, Tasmania Police is performing effectively and that the fall in the number of serious crimes in recent years is pleasing,'' he said.

The report found that the level of serious crime in Tasmania was significantly below other states, quoting Productivity Commission figures that found Tasmania had 51 serious crime offences per 100,000, compared to a national average of more than 140 incidents per 100,000 people.

The next lowest crime rate was the ACT, with 119 serious crimes recorded per 100,000 people.

The report also found that Tasmania had a high clearance rate for serious crimes, compared to other jurisdictions, and that ``sound investigations'' were undertaken for all cases.

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