Crime statistics reveal worrying trend for Benalla
03 October 2016
Monday 3 October 2016
Crime across the Benalla LGA is up over 40 per cent on 2015 figures, new statistics from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency has revealed.
In the Agency’s annual report released on Thursday, Benalla LGA recorded a 40.7 per cent increase in crime between June 2015 and June 2016.
Total offences were up to 1528, from 1085 at the same time last year.
“A 40.7 per cent increase in crime across Benalla is a worrying trend,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our police work hard, but cuts in frontline police and a lack of resources is taking its toll.”
Property and deception offences increased to 1528, from 1085 while crimes against the person showed a similar trend, reaching 335 total offences, up from 292 in 2015.
“Daniel Andrews’ cuts to frontline police numbers and soft on crime approach has seen the crime rate skyrocket in many LGAs across the state,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our police are doing their best in difficult circumstances, but as one of the ten LGAs with the highest increase in crime the Government’s wilful neglect of the Benalla police station is even more concerning.
“Rather than being at war with the CFA, Daniel Andrews should be bringing safety to our streets and providing police with the resources they need to do their job.”