Small communities have lowest crime on EP

CUMMINS is one of the safest places in the state to live according to South Australian crime data. 

Statistics from SA Police showing the state’s crime statistics by postcode have revealed that while crime in the regional areas of the state is down 10 percent.

However, some country towns have seen a spike in incidents of reported crime. 

Eyre Peninsula towns with populations of roughly 1000 people have some of the least amount of crime in the state for the 2017/2018 financial year. 

Cummins had just eight reported in the last year.

Three of those were reports of property damage, three were theft, one trespass offence and one assault. 

Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council mayor, Jo-Anne Quigley, said she was not at all surprised by the low crime rate in Cummins.

“Cummins has a very stable population and benefits from a strong sense of community,” Mrs Quigley said.

She said the town also benefited from a consistent presence from SA Police. 

“The most recent police officer Brevet Sergeant John Randall has in particular concentrated on positive policing,” Mrs Quigley said.

Cleve had a total of nine reported crimes, including three cases of property damage, two thefts, two assaults, one fraud case and one criminal trespass offence. 

These towns also have some of the lowest crime reported per person in the state over the last six years for towns of their size. 

Both Cummins and Cleve have a higher than average median age, with the main industry being farming and each have one police officer. 

More information about the 2017/2018 crime statistics by suburb can be found on the SAPOL website.