Nearly half of all members of the top 19 violent
outlaw gangs had convictions for serious crimes, police researchers
The statistics do not include petty crimes or traffic
The findings debunk the popular misconception that
bikies are unfairly targeted by police, said Deputy Commissioner Brett
Pointing, the head of Operation Resolute.
The Bandidos (72 per cent) Lone Wolf (71 per cent) and
The Hells Angels (55 per cent) had the highest number of convicted
Police said they conducted the research for fear they
were losing the propaganda war after the introduction of the Vicious
Lawless Association Disestablishment laws by the Newman Government.
The findings, released exclusively to The
Courier-Mail, will be an embarrassment to civil libertarians and the
Labor Party that seeks to wind back the tough new laws.
Senior police commissioned the research after becoming
infuriated at some commentary suggesting the number of criminals in
motorcycle gangs was “no different to a fishing or football club”.
Bikies have 30 times more criminals in their gangs
than the number of criminals in the general community.
The harsh reality of the members of some
of our more notorious bikie gangs.
Mr Pointing said the number of bikies in Queensland
had doubled in the past seven years – and so had drug crimes.
“Recent arrests support the statistics and have made a
mockery of the claims outlaw motorcycle gangs do not have criminal
activity as their core reason for being,’’ he said.
“The many recreational motorcycle groups in Queensland
are lawful – it is unfair on those groups to be used as pawns in the PR
spin which some groups have peddled in an attempt to deflect attention
from the criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs.
“The statistics show criminal motorcycle gangs impact
on the quality of life of innocent Queenslanders in a large and
“Criminal motorcycle gangs have grown by more than 50
per cent in the past seven years – this has coincided with the rise in
illicit drug use in our state.
“It is these drugs that impact on the innocent lives
of our sons and daughters, families and friends, and many of the arrests
of criminal motorcycle gang members have been for drug trafficking.
“We have to acknowledge that traditional methods could
not halt the growth in criminal motorcycle gang activity and we are now
at the crossroads.
“We can risk returning to the past – or we can
maintain this current course and ensure a safe and secure community for
Mr Pointing (right) said Queenslanders deserved to “go
out in public without fear of intimidation by gangs’’.
A total of 866 criminal motorcycle gang participants
have been prosecuted on 1986 charges since the crackdown.