Disturbing figures provided by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) have shown crime rates have soared at Gold Coast light rail (GLink) stations since the transport mode became operational in July 2014.
At some stations, crime rates for offences such as assault and theft have doubled and even quadrupled in 2015-16, compared to 2014-15 when the stations first opened, with Broadbeach South topping the list with 40 reported crimes in 12 months.
“These statistics collected by QPS demonstrate an increasing trend of assaults, thefts and other criminal offences occurring at public transport hubs on the Gold Coast,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Surfers Paradise is a global tourism mecca and the region is enjoying immense popularity with local and international visitors, so it is paramount that public transport hubs such as light rail stations do not become magnets for criminals.
“Unfortunately, GLink stations are being viewed as soft targets in a similar vein to buses, where attacks on passengers and drivers along with rock throwing and fare evasion have become serious problems.
“A lack of policing and proper resourcing by this Labor government has allowed these negative activities to flourish.
“Labor have sat on their hands while crime on our public transport soars – assaults, robbery, theft, drug and good order offences are all on the rise.
“With the 2018 Commonwealth Games barely a year away, our public transport system must not only be in good and reliable working order, but also a safe option for the thousands of visitors who will traverse the Gold Coast.
“The LNP Government fought hard to clean up the Gold Coast’s reputation – driving outlaw motorcycle gangs out of the state and bringing in tougher laws.”
The full list of crime statistics for each GLink station can be found at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2017/117-2017.pdf