Crime up 34 per cent in Mitchell Shire
06 July 2018
Crime in Mitchell Shire has risen by more than 34 per cent under Daniel Andrews.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the alarming increases were revealed in the new data released by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency last month.
“In the last year alone burglaries in Seymour have increased by almost 42 per cent, assault and crimes against the person are up by almost 30 per cent and drug offences are up past 60 per cent,” Ms Ryan said.
“The statistics show 113 burglaries, up from 85 in the last year, 357 assaults, up from 278 and 144 drug offences, up from 89.
“That means there is an average of two burglaries a week and nearly one assault a day in Seymour.”
Ms Ryan said the increase in crime was not only impacting on people feeling safe in their communities, but it was also causing great frustration.
“People shouldn’t have to worry about their home being broken into, their possessions being stolen or their car windows being smashed,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews’ weak sentencing and bail laws and inadequate police numbers are leaving people exposed.
“We have announced reforms to address crime rates in Victoria if we are elected in November, including mandatory minimum sentences, more police on the beat, a public sex offenders register and tougher parole and bail laws.”
Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Corrections and Police Ed O’Donohue said all Victorians had a clear choice to make at the upcoming state election in November.
“Under Daniel Andrews, there has been an increase in home invasions, an increase in carjackings, an increase in assaults, an increase in youth gang violence and an increase in the number of his excuses,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“Daniel Andrews can keep on spinning all he likes, but only the Liberal Nationals are offering real action.”