Crime statistics reveal worrying trend for Mitchell
03 October 2016
Monday 3 October 2016
Crime across the Mitchell LGA is up over 15 per cent on 2015 figures, new statistics from Victoria’s Crime Statistics Agency has revealed.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said crime is increasing at a shocking rate under the Andrews Labor Government.
“The agency’s annual report, released on Thursday, revealed that total offences in Mitchell rose 17 per cent in just 12 months – that’s more than the state average,” Ms Ryan said.
“Arson is up 50 per cent in Seymour, while there was a 13.5 per cent increase in drug offences.
“Property and deception offences increased from 1700 in 2015 to 2090 in 2016 and crimes against the person rose from 882 to 974.”
Ms Ryan commended local police for their work keeping the community safe but said more support was needed from the Andrews Labor Government.
“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 the government must do more to meet their needs.
“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.”