Ice Problems Rampant In Queensland New Report Shows
One in four reports to Queensland's Crime Stoppers for suspicious or criminal behaviour relates to the drug ice, new figures show.
And of the near 57,000 anonymous reports made in 2017, two-thirds were linked to drug-related crime, Crime Stoppers revealed on Monday.
"What bothers me is the volume of ice-related calls that continue to come through the service," Crime Stoppers chief executive Trevor O'Hara told reporters.
"One in four (calls) someone is talking about ice, be it a local neighbourhood, in their family, in their circle, in external circles."
The Queensland government on Saturday unveiled its $105 million strategy to address ice use and supply, giving particular focus to regional communities.
A focal point of the plan will see additional staff added to specialist services already working to help addicts and their families in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton.
It's release comes as Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington travels across the state to hear from communities about the drug's impact.
Crime Stoppers annual reporting figures also show Southport residents are making most reports, with 397 in the Gold Coast neighbourhood.
"Crime Stoppers have seen over the years, especially since the motorcycle gang incident (in 2013), they want to share information in greater numbers than ever before, so they're not willing to let their Gold Coast be taken over by criminals," Mr O'Hara said.
In Toowoomba, 53 arrests were made and 126 charges laid as a result of reports to Crime Stoppers, the highest in the state ahead of Caboolture, Morayfield and Townsville.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the results were demonstrated the lack of tolerance for criminal behaviour.
"The old thing about not telling on your mates has been around for many years and I think it's still part of our culture, but when it comes to serious offences and harm to the community I think people see past that," he said.