Three assaults per day in violent two-month streak
More than 200 people were assaulted on the Sunshine Coast in the past two months, the highest numbers in 18 years, new crime statistics have revealed.
Queensland Police Service database shows 205 assaults took place across the region over July and August.
The last time numbers of such volume were recorded was December 2002.
Densely populated areas Maroochydore (53), Nambour (22), Caloundra (27) and Noosa (31) were unsurprisingly the standouts with the highest totals.
Sunshine Coast CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said the high statistics were across the board for the entire central district.
Compared to the peak of the coronavirus pandemic when lockdowns were enforced, 51 assaults were recorded in April, which Snr-Sgt Edwards said was not a coincidence.
"Our assault numbers were sailing pretty well during COVID-19, but seem to be on the increase," Snr-Sgt Edwards said.
"But Wide Bay, Mackay, Capricornia districts, they're all the same.
"What do you put it down to?
"Maybe restrictions being relaxed and warmer weather, people are going out?"
Snr-Sgt Edwards said the Coast's population gradual increase would have played its part in the rise.
He said the assaults ranged from domestic violence to neighbourhood disputes with some bordering on the "ridiculous".
"A common misconception is that the majority of assaults happen at licensed premises," he said.
"But most of ours are at private addresses instead.
"There are just so many people behaving badly, they can't control themselves."
Snr-Sgt Edwards pointed to an assault by a 79-year-old woman on an 80-year-old at a private nursing home and a pair of middle-aged people using a taser-like device on another person as two prime examples.