Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - JAR­ROD BLEIJIE

THE lat­est crime stats are out for the Coast, and it makes grim read­ing.

Since 2015 as­sault is up 44 per cent, se­ri­ous as­sault up 49 per cent, rob­bery up 79 per cent, armed rob­bery up 51 per cent, un­law­ful en­try up 21 per cent, un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle up 47 per cent, fraud up 58 per cent, and DV or­der breaches up 51 per cent.

Our po­lice do an in­cred­i­ble job, but they’re un­der-re­sourced and over­stretched un­der this State Gov­ern­ment.

One only has to look at the in­creased rate of ice use in our com­mu­nity, which has a di­rect link to these crim­i­nal net­works.

We know when there is in­creased drug de­pen­dency, crime rates go up.

It’s not the Coast I grew up in, and res­i­dents de­serve bet­ter than to live in fear in their own homes.

Gov­ern­ments’ first pri­or­ity should be the safety of the Queens­land pub­lic.

It’s time the State Gov­ern­ment got tough on crime and equipped our po­lice with the re­sources and fund­ing they need to pro­tect our com­mu­nity.

If you see sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, phone Po­licelink on 131 444.

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