Media Release

16 June 2016

O’Donohue: Crime rates are up again but Daniel Andrews is still closing police stations

Thursday 16 June 2016

Crime rates are up again but Daniel Andrews is still closing police stations

Background

The number of offences recorded by police in the year to 31 March 2016 was 519,130. This is up 12.4% from 461,796 offences recorded in the same period last year.

Family incidents increased in the year to 31 March 2016, up 10.2% from 69,441 to 76,529.

There were 172,049 offender incidents recorded, up 11.2% from 154,763 in the year to March 2015.

Victim reports increased in the year to 31 March 2016 by 12.5% to 310,827 victim reports.

Between the year ending March 2015 and 2016, the major offence categories that showed the highest significant upward trends were:

  • Weapons and explosives offences (up 18.5% from 13,707 to 16,248)
  • Theft offences (up 16.1% from 147,688 to 171,531)
  • Burglary/break and enter offences (up 13.7% from 44,983 to 51,134)
  • Drug use and possession offences (up 13.4% from 20,651 to 23,421)

 

Comments from Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue:

Crime rates continue to soar but Daniel Andrews is closing police stations and cutting frontline police numbers.

Victoria is caught in the grip of a crime wave with young gangs literally running riot.

Violent youth gangs are emboldened by a weak Premier, running a weak justice system, with weak laws and a police force with cuts to frontline police numbers.

These numbers confirm that Victorians are rightly concerned about the spate of car-jackings, home invasions, drive-by shootings and gang violence that are spiralling out of control.

As a result of Daniel Andrews’ weakening of our justice system, many of these offenders have little concern for the consequences of their crimes and are soon back out on the street.

Stations including Burwood, Carrum Downs, Pakenham, Mooroolbark, Nunawading, Reservoir, Ashburton, Somerville, Greensborough, Epping and Craigieburn have had to close or reduce their opening hours because of a lack of resources from Daniel Andrews.

Despite all the evidence that crime is out of control, Daniel Andrews’ cuts mean that even more police stations are likely to close.

These numbers show that there is an average of 1,422 offences in Victoria every day.  The number of offences is up 57,344 for the year or an extra 156 offences per day.

If Daniel Andrews hadn’t wasted over $1.1 billion on tearing up the East West Link contract he could have built 80 brand new police stations or employed hundreds of new police for years to come