Crime up nearly 34 per cent in Mitchell
21 September 2018
Crime rates across the Mitchell Shire have risen almost 34 per cent since Daniel Andrews came to office four years ago.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the Andrews Labor Government had shown a complete inability to tackle the crime wave Victoria was experiencing, and regional areas were no exception.
“According to the latest Crime Statistic Agency figures, crime across the Mitchell Shire has risen 33.87 per cent in the last four years,” Ms Ryan said.
“Weapons and explosives offences in Seymour have seen a 56.8 per cent increase in the last year alone,” Ms Ryan said.
“Drug offences in Seymour are up 26 per cent and breaches of orders have increased from 283 in the year ending June 2017, to 303 at June this year.”
Ms Ryan said despite these increases, the Andrews Labor Government had cut frontline police numbers.
“Figures supplied by The Police Association show there are now 190 fewer frontline police in Victoria than there were in 2013,” Ms Ryan said.
“Police across the Mitchell Shire do everything they can to keep our communities safe, but their work is made harder if they’re not adequately resourced.
“The Andrews Labor Government has failed to adequately resource policing in Victoria and it has failed to make Mitchell communities safer.”
The Nationals in government will crack down on violent crime to keep our communities safe, overhaul our broken justice system, and provide better support for victims of crime.
For more on The Nationals’ plans to keep Victoria safe, visit www.abetterdeal4regionalvictoria.net