Three days later, ACT Policing's bikie investigation
branch began investigating the shooting of a Harrison home and car, which
happened while people were home but no-one was injured.
ACT Policing has been asked to provide figures for
gang-related shootings and other violent crimes in Canberra this year.
But Assistant Commissioner Saunders
earlier told the ABC that
bikie-related violence remains one of the biggest challenges police face, with
home break-ins, assaults, arsons and drive-by shootings among the crimes that
have risen steadily in the past few years.
ACT Policing attributed the recent breakout of outlaw
motorcycle gang crime to a rift in the Comancheros gang.
Police continue anti-consorting law push
police were given extra powers
designed to target outlaw motorcycle gangs, including a new offence for drive-by
shootings with penalties of up to 10 years behind bars.
The new laws were introduced after at least seven
suspected bikie-related shootings last year, including two in which people were
shot, two next door to a childcare centre and several where children were home
at the time.
But Assistant Commissioner Saunders said a fourth gang,
the Finks, had moved to Canberra since those incidents happened and the laws
The Finks joined the Rebels — Canberra's only
bikie-gang for decades — the Comancheros and the Nomads.
The territory is not covered by tough anti-consorting
laws aimed at stopping bikies from associating with each other — a power
Assistant Commissioner Saunders said she would continue to push for her police
"I've said consistently, and I'll continue to say, that
police need preventative powers," she said.
"And what's critically important is that we have a
national, consistent laws in dealing with what is a national issue."
The New South Wales Government introduced
anti-consorting laws in 2009, a change the Canberra Liberals have previously
blamed for gang members travelling to Canberra.
But the ACT Government is against the laws due to human