Crime in Benalla continues to rise
20 March 2017
Crime in Benalla has risen by 36.7 per cent in the last year, almost 17 per cent above the state average.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the latest figures from the Crime Statistics Agency showed the alarming rise in crime under the Andrews Labor Government showed no signs of letting up.
“Crime is spiralling out control under Daniel Andrews with Victoria’s crime rate increasing by 20.17 per cent since Labor was elected two years ago,” Ms Ryan said.
“While we see a lot about crime in the streets of Melbourne on the news, the scary reality is that crime rates in regional Victoria are also on the rise.
“The justice system in Victoria is in crisis because Labor has weakened bail laws, weakened sentencing, and cut front-line police numbers.”
In 2016 in Benalla, property and deception offences increased to 744, up from 507 the year before.
Justice procedure offences rose from 196 to 358 and crimes against the person increased to 306 to 340.
Ms Ryan said she had had to push for country police numbers not to be cut in the Euroa electorate last year.
“Daniel Andrews has abandoned rural communities and left them vulnerable by cutting police numbers and closing police stations,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our local police do a great job, but with limited resources, weak sentencing laws and lenient enforcement by the courts, the offenders almost beat the police out of the courts.
“We have a clear crisis on our hands and the idealistic policies of the Andrews Labor Government are at the root of it."