Euroa electorate communities to be safer under The Nationals
14 September 2018
Euroa electorate communities will be safer under an elected Nationals government, with a $24 million community safety package to boost safety and reduce crime in rural areas.
Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said that if elected in November, The Nationals would provide grants of up to $250,000 to local councils to develop public safety and security infrastructure like CCTV systems, improved lighting and to create local solutions to crime.
Ms Ryan said farms and regional towns had become prime targets for shop break ins, criminal activity and anti-social behaviour during the past four years.
“Labor’s focus on Melbourne and neglect of regional Victoria has meant there has been little to no response to crime increases in rural areas,” Ms Ryan said.
“Incidents of theft in Benalla have increased from 1576 in 2014, to 1989 and burglaries and break ins have increased from 655 to 765, Strathbogie Shire has seen incidents of theft increase from 1439 in 2014, to 1542 and burglaries and break ins increase from 489 to 823.
“In Mitchell Shire icidents of theft in the Mitchell Shire have increased from 1945 in 2014, to 2183 and burglaries and break ins have increased from 674 to 813, and in Greater Bedigo incidents of theft in the Greater Bendigo Shire have increased from 1943 in 2014, to 214 in 2018.
“We will do everything in our power to combat this escalation of crime in country Victoria and to reinstate confidence in community safety.”
Ms Ryan said that under The Nationals plan, councils would be able to identify areas within the community that attract a higher rate of crime, and implement measures to deter offenders.
The announcement supports and strengthens other community focused crime prevention measures announced by the Liberal Nationals including:
- Re-establishing a ‘Police in Schools’ program, to allow police to better engage with young Victorians.
- Funding the establishment of a Victoria Police Mobile CCTV camera rollout and;
- Committing $2 million over four years to Neighbourhood Watch for local crime
- Funding a Livestock and Rural Crime Squad to help protect farmers’ assets