Thursday 17 December 2015
Crime up in Victoria as Daniel Andrews cuts police and closes stations
Background – key figures from the Crime Statistics Agency
Crime is up 6.0% in the 12 months to 30 September 2015
The total number of recorded offences for the year has risen from 455,728 to 482,959
Drug use and possession up 16.9% from 19,282 to 22,542
Weapons and explosives offences up 16.1% from 13,175 to 15,290
Family incidents up 9.6% from 66,011 to 72,376
Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour up 9.4% from 11,066 to 12,104
Offender incidents up 6.8% from 154,445 to 164,941
Source: Crime Statistics Agency – link here
Comments from Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue
Under Daniel Andrews crime rates are up but police numbers are down and our streets are less safe than they were a year ago.
Police stations are being closed to the public in the face of rising crime.
Stations including Pakenham, Mooroolbark, Reservoir, Ashburton, Somerville, Greensborough, Epping and Craigieburn have had to reduce their opening hours because of a lack of resources from Daniel Andrews.
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.