Crime Rates Continue to Fall Fri 20 July 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Police and Emergency Management The Minister for Police and Emergency Management, David O'Byrne, has praised police officers for their continued dedication to keeping Tasmanians safe, which has seen crime rates around Tasmania continue to fall. Mr O'Byrne said the most recent figures have shown significant decreases in the number of offences, as well as drops in areas including business burglaries, stolen vehicles and serious crime. "Tasmania continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the safest states in the nation, and these latest figures validate the tremendous work our police officers do in keeping people safe," he said. "In 2011-12 we have seen a 20 per cent drop in business burglaries, a 15 per cent drop in stolen motor vehicles and a 15 per cent drop in serious crime offences. "There have also been decreases recorded in public order incidents, home burglaries, public place assaults and car burglaries," he said. Mr O'Byrne said the figures were in stark contrast to the ongoing scare campaign being driven by the Tasmanian Liberals. "With their reckless scaremongering, the Tasmanian Liberals want people to believe it's not safe to walk the streets," Mr O'Byrne said. "While I acknowledge these are difficult times for the Tasmanian public sector because of the state's budget position, these outstanding figures demonstrate to all Tasmanians the excellent work of our police officers. "We should be very proud of the service they're providing to the Tasmanian community. "I congratulate both the Commissioner of Police and members of our Police service for their exemplary work," he said.