Crime is on the decline
Euroa police pleased to see a drop in offences over the past year
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.