Data shows crime on rise

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Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy has used data to back up claims that crime has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in her elec­torate since La­bor won gov­ern­ment in 2014.

She said new fig­ures re­leased by the Vic­to­rian Crime Sta­tis­tics Agency last month showed 1509 of­fences in South­ern Grampians Shire in the year to June 2018.

“That’s an in­crease of 58.34 per­cent since Premier Daniel An­drews took of­fice four years ago,” she said.

She added fig­ures also re­vealed of­fences had con­tin­ued to rise sharply in Hind­marsh and Yar­ri­ambi­ack shires, with rises of 47.37 and 47.04 per­cent re­spec­tively.

“Statewide fig­ures show since Daniel An­drews was elected com­mon as­saults are up 38 per­cent, rape is up 20.82, sex­ual of­fences against chil­dren are up 56.45, ag­gra­vated rob­bery is up 24.12, non-ag­gra­vated rob­bery is up 85.29 and ag­gra­vated bur­glary is up 43.05 per­cent,” she said.

“At the same time, fig­ures sup­plied by The Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion show there are now 190 fewer front­line po­lice than there were in 2013.

“Vic­to­ria has be­come the crime cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia un­der Daniel An­drews.

“We are in the grips of a law and or­der cri­sis, but the premier has wa­tered down bail laws, weak­ened sen­tenc­ing and failed to equip our re­gional po­lice with ad­e­quate re­sources to pro­tect our streets.

“Our hard-work­ing po­lice do a fan­tas­tic job with the re­sources at hand, but La­bor’s soft-touch ap­proach and cuts to the num­ber of front­line po­lice is mak­ing their job so much harder.”

Ms Kealy said part of the Na­tion­als re­sponse was to fund a re­build of Col­eraine Po­lice Sta­tion and start plan­ning for a new po­lice sta­tion and court­house precinct in Hamil­ton.

“Lowan res­i­dents have a clear choice at the Novem­ber elec­tion – more of the same soft-touch ap­proach from La­bor, or the Lib­eral-na­tion­als’ plan in­clud­ing more front­line po­lice; re­open­ing po­lice sta­tions; manda­tory sen­tenc­ing for re­peat vi­o­lent of­fend­ers; a pub­lic sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for the ‘worst of the worst’; changes to con­cur­rent sen­tences; tougher con­di­tions for bail; and a re­turn to the prin­ci­pal that pa­role is a priv­i­lege, not a right,” she said.

“Our hard-work­ing po­lice do a fan­tas­tic job with the re­sources at hand, but La­bor’s soft-touch ap­proach and cuts to the num­ber of front­line po­lice is mak­ing their job so much harder” – Emma Kealy

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