Crime in Strathbogie continues to rise
20 March 2017
Crime in Strathbogie has risen by 35.58 per cent in the last year, almost 16 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 Strathbogie, crimes against the person increased to 145, up from 109 the year before.
Drug offences rose from 17 to 40 and public order and security offences rose from 14 to 34.
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."