More po­lice re­sources called for as crime soars

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.

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