Police cuts see crime rate in Mitchell soar
16 June 2016
Thursday 16 June 2016
Crime rose by a dramatic 29.6 per cent across Mitchell Shire over the past year, the latest Crime Statistics Agency data shows.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said the Melbourne Labor Government had failed Victorians on law and order by implementing a freeze on new police when it came to government.
"Real police numbers have fallen since Labor came to power while population continues to grow enormously in areas like Wallan and Kilmore.
“Across Victoria there are 131 fewer frontline police now than in December 2014.
"The government has also softened legislation which ensured people who commit the crime do the time," Ms Ryan said.
Over the past 12 months, almost 4,500 offences were committed across Mitchell Shire, 1000 more than the preceding 12 months.
“There has been a notable spike in property and deception offences which rose from 1,501 in 2015 to 2,066 in the past year.
“Crimes against the person have also increased from 640 in 2014 to 819 last year and now just under 1,000 this year.”
Ms Ryan said Mitchell Shire was not the only local government area showing such a dramatic spike in crime.
The increase in crime across Mitchell is part of a statewide trend which has seen the total number of offences recorded by police in the year to 31 March 2016 up by 12.4 per cent.
“There is an average of 1,422 offences every day across Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.
“Compared to last year, that is an extra 156 offences every day which amounts to an extra 57,344 offences this year
“Daniel Andrews must provide police with the resources they need to protect local communities,” Ms Ryan said.