More police resources called for as crime soars
South West MLC Adele Farina has pointed to recent crime figures released by WA Police to renew her calls for additional resources in the region.
Ms Farina said a comparison of the December 2016 and 2015 quarters showed an increase in non-dwelling burglaries in Margaret River of 80 per cent.
“In Busselton, the number of non-dwelling burglaries is up by 55 per cent, while robberies and motor vehicle theft are up by 50 per cent and 43 per cent respectively,” she said.
“These crime figures show an escalation of violence in these South West communities and is cause for concern, with many people in these communities telling me they are more concerned for their safety than ever before.”
Ms Farina said police in the South West region worked hard to protect the community, but were “significantly under-resourced”, claiming the Barnett Government had failed to deliver on a promised 38 extra police officers.
“Without the promised additional resources, our South West police will continue to struggle to combat crime in the region, putting the safety of the community at risk and police officers at risk — this is simply unacceptable,” she said.