Nats vow to crack down on crime

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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.

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