Stats show crime con­cern

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 -

State Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy said the latest crime statis­tics for Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga re­flected com­mu­nity con­cern about in­creas­ing crime and the need for a greater po­lice pres­ence in Moira Shire.

Mr McCurdy said the Crime Statis­tics Agency statis­tic showed an alarm­ing in­crease in crime in com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘In Co­bram, theft has sky­rock­eted be­tween June 2016 and June 2017 from 120 to 213, a 77.5 per cent in­crease,’’ he said.

‘‘Crimes against the per­son in­creased 20.5 per cent from 73 to 88, while to­tal crime has in­creased 35.5 per cent from 470 to 637.’’

In the 12 months up to June this year in Yar­ra­wonga, the to­tal num­ber of crimes against the per­son in­creased 24.2 per cent from 62 to 77.

Prop­erty and de­cep­tion of­fences have in­creased 32.1 per cent, to 243, up from 184 the year be­fore.

To­tal crime has in­creased 38 per cent from 347 to 479 in the past 12 months.

‘‘I con­tinue to work with the Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga com­mu­ni­ties re­gard­ing the need for a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion in the Moira Shire,’’ Mr McCurdy said.

‘‘These statis­tics show po­lice re­sourc­ing is be­ing ne­glected in our coun­try com­mu­ni­ties un­der La­bor.

‘‘Co­bram and Yar­ra­wonga res­i­dents are en­ti­tled to ad­e­quate law en­force­ment and these statis­tics show the ab­so­lute need for that. The crime rate has been grow­ing steadily in Moira since De­cem­ber 2014.’’

Mr McCurdy said the latest statis­tics showed an alarm­ing rise in vi­o­lent crime across Vic­to­ria.

‘‘Vi­o­lent crime is on the rise — that is what wor­ries our com­mu­nity. That is what keeps our com­mu­nity awake at night,’’ he said.

‘‘Daniel An­drews must adopt the Lib­er­alNa­tion­als tough manda­tory sen­tenc­ing pol­icy to stop the re­volv­ing door of soft jus­tice and sen­tenc­ing un­der his Mel­bourne­cen­tric La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

‘‘Re­peat vi­o­lent of­fend­ers should serve manda­tory jail times, not be out in the com­mu­nity com­mit­ting more vi­o­lent crimes.’’

Alarm­ing fig­ures: State Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy is call­ing for a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion in Moira Shire.

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