Nats vow to crack down on crime
THE Nationals have pledged to boost safety and reduce crime in local communities with a $24 million community safety package.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said, if elected in November, the Nationals will provide grants of up to $250,000 to local councils to develop public safety and security infrastructure like CCTV systems, improved lighting and create solutions to local crime.
Mr Walsh said during the past four years of a ‘‘citycentric Labor government’’, regional towns had become prime targets for shop breakins, criminal activity and antisocial behavior.
“Local businesses are sick of it and the Nationals are not prepared to tolerate it any longer,’’ he said. local
“We will do everything in our power to combat the escalation of crime in country Victoria and to reinstate confidence in community safety.”
Mr Walsh said under the Nationals’ plan, councils will be able to identify areas within the community that attract a higher rate of crime and implement measures to deter offenders.