Media Release

13 June 2018

Wooldridge: Record number of assaults at Heidelberg hospitals

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Record number of assaults at Heidelberg hospitals

New figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show that even Victorian hospitals aren’t immune to Daniel Andrews’ crime tsunami.

In 2017 there were 162 reported crimes; 43 thefts and 33 assaults recorded at health locations in the Banyule LGA, which includes the Austin Hospital.

This is in the context of an overall increase in crime of 41% in Heidelberg Heights, a 10.15% increase of in Rosanna and a 60% increase is Eaglemont since Daniel Andrews was elected.

According to the Crime Statistics Agency, assaults in Victorian hospitals have risen 41% since 2014, from 285 to 403. This is compared to assaults Victoria-wide which are up 16%.

The Crime Statistics Agency also found:

  • A 33% increase in overall crime at our hospitals 2014 – 2017 (1,293 to 1,715)
  • There were four homicides at Victorian hospitals in 2017
  • Most regularly reported crimes in hospitals are Theft (533), Assault (403) and Property Damage (151)

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“Hospitals and health clinics in the Heidelberg area should be safe places for the sick, their family and health care professionals, not one where people are at risk of serious assault.

“It is totally unacceptable that health services in Banyule are reporting a crime to police three times a week, on average.

“Anthony Carbines has failed to make a difference on Spring Street on the issue of crime and keeping their local communities safe. Anthony Carbines should be talking about more local police and tougher sentences in Parliament every week and demanding action but instead he’s been toeing the Labor Party line.

“This is more evidence that Daniel Andrews has lost control of law and order and has not got the answers to keep Victorians safe.

“The Liberal Nationals have announced a number of policies to make Victoria safer including more police on the beat, tougher sentencing for violent criminals, stronger bail and parole laws and mandatory drug treatment for young people in the youth justice system.”