Crime at a five-year high
CRIME in Rochester has hit a five-year high, according to the latest data from the Crime Statistics Agency.
The agency released its quarterly data last week, showing offences had climbed seven per cent in the year to September 30.
The total of 240 offences is the highest recorded in Rochester for the 12-month period to September since at least 2012, which is as far back as CSA’s data goes.
The biggest jump was seen with crimes against the person, which rose from 28 in 2015 to 43 this year.
Other offences remained steady, including crimes covering property and deception, drugs, public order and security, and justice procedures.
In Campaspe Shire, crime has risen more than 25 per cent since December 2014.
Since September last year, the number of sexual offences in Campaspe Shire more than doubled (from 93 to 230), stalking, harassment and threatening offences rose 42 per cent, while drug use and possession climbed 19 per cent.
The soaring crime rate has prompted Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh to accuse the Victorian Government of failing to do enough.
‘‘The Campaspe community isn’t immune to the crime wave sweeping the state under (Premier) Daniel Andrews,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘Daniel Andrews did nothing for two years. It it time for this city-centric Labor Government to listen to country communities that desperately need more police resources to deal with rising crime.’’
Earlier this month, Mr Andrews announced he would boost Victoria’s police force by around 20 per cent in an unprecedented move to address rising crime.
But Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue said more needed to be done.
‘‘Victorians are less safe because of Daniel Andrews,’’ he said.
‘‘Under Daniel Andrews the justice system is in crisis due to weak sentencing, watered down bail laws, repeal of move-on laws, cuts to frontline police and closure of police stations.
‘‘These statistics just confirm what every Victorian already knows; that our community has become less safe ... with home invasions, carjackings, drive-by shootings and gangs such as Apex running amok.’’