Crime is on the de­cline

Euroa po­lice pleased to see a drop in of­fences over the past year

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY GRACE EVANS gevans@ ne­me­

CRIME has de­clined in the Strath­bo­gie Shire re­gion over the past 12 months, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures re­leased by the Crime Sta­tis­tics Agency.

The yearly sta­tis­tics up un­til June 30 this year in­di­cate that crimes against a per­son have dropped from 155 to 149, al­though as­saults abd re­lated of­fences are up - from 57 to 70.

While sex­ual of­fences across the state have sky- rock­eted, Strath­bo­gie Shire saw a drop of 14 re­ported of­fences, mak­ing the to­tal 33 for the year, com­par­a­tively to 47 the year prior.

Bur­glary and break and en­ters were also down from the year be­fore, show­ing 68 recorded for the 2018 year com­pared to 78 for the 2017 year.

There were 171 re­ported thefts, which has re­mained high with lit­tle vari­ance over the three year pe­riod for the re­gion.

Sergeant Joel Hughes from Euroa Po­lice Sta­tion said it is pleas­ing that there has been an over­all re­duc­tion in to­tal crim­i­nal of­fences in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for the year.

“There has been an in­crease in as­sault and re­lated of­fences,” he said, not­ing that some of these of­fences are a re­sult of fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents.

“Vic­to­ria Po­lice has a strong com­mit­ment in re­la­tion to re­duc­ing the oc­cur- rence of fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents and re­gards fam­ily vi­o­lence as ex­tremely se­ri­ous,” Sergeant Hughes said.

He en­cour­aged those mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who have Face­book ac­cess to fol­low the Mitchell Eye­watch page, which in­cor­po­rates both the Mitchell and Strath­bo­gie Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Eye­watch Face­book pages con­nect your lo­cal po­lice with the com­mu­nity to help as­sist with crime preven­tion, neigh­bour­hood safety and solv­ing crimes in your area.

Statewide, the crime rate has dropped by 5.6 per cent, with Strath­bo­gie Shire one of the 64 lo­cal gov­ern­ments ar­eas - out of the to­tal 79 - where crim­i­nal of­fences have de­clined over the past 12 months.

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