Media Release

29 September 2016

Guy-O’Donohue: Crime Statistics

Thursday 29 September 2016

Crime Statistics

Background:

State wide figures

  • The number of offences recorded by police in the year to 30 June 2016 was 535,826. This is up 13.4% from 472,611 offences recorded in the same period last year.
  • There were 174,705 offender incidents recorded in the year to 30 June 2016, up 11.2% from 157,130 in the year to 30 June 2015.
  • Victim reports increased by 14.1% in year ending 30 June 2016 to 321,738 victim reports.

Offence trends

  • Between year ending June 2016 and 2015, the offence categories that showed a significant upward trend were:
  • Assault and related offences (up 11.1% from 37,633 to 41,806)
  • Robbery (up 14.2% from 2,530 to 2,888)
  • Dangerous and negligent acts endangering people (up 23.1% from 4,338 to 5,341)
  • Burglary/break and enter (up 12.6% from 46,250 to 52,087)
  • Theft (up 19.2% from 151,834 to 180,988)
  • Public nuisance offences (up 30.0% from 2,655 to 3,452)

Attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy:

This isn’t a crime wave, this is a crime tsunami.

Make no mistake, these crime statistics are the result of Daniel Andrews’ cuts to police, closing of police stations, and weakening of bail laws.

Every day Victorians are less safe because of Daniel Andrews’ cuts to frontline police and his soft touch on crime.

Melbourne can’t be the most liveable city in the world if residents are buying baseball bats to protect themselves in their own homes.

Attributable to Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue:

Our whole justice system, from A to Z, is broken and Daniel Andrews is too pig headed to listen.

The first step in fixing this crisis is for Daniel Andrews to admit he’s made a mistake.  You can’t fix a problem if you continue to deny there is one.

Daniel Andrews needs to give police the resources needed to reopen all the police stations that have been forced to cut their hours and put more police on the beat.

While Daniel Andrews is at war with the CFA, there’s a gang war on our streets.

Instead of being at war with the CFA and Labor factions, Daniel Andrews should try going to war with violent criminals.