Ripon MP, Louise Staley has demanded the Andrews Government properly resource Victoria’s over-worked police officers as crime rates continue to climb in the Ararat region.
In the latest crime statistics released by Victoria Police, total crime in the Ararat region has jumped by 8.6 percent over the past year.
This surge was on the back of a 41 percent increase in theft, a 35 percent rise in burglaries, a 61 per cent rise in deception and fraud offences, and a whopping 197 per cent increases in drug use and possession offences. Drug use and possession offences rose from 32 to 95 offences over the year, a terribly concerning result for parents in Ararat.
Ms. Staley, said the crime rates in country Victoria will continue to soar under a Premier that is soft on law and order.
“These figures show just out of control crime is under the Daniel Andrews, we need a Premier that is prepared to intervene and reverse these worrying trends”. Ms. Staley said.
“The last State Budget saw a huge hike in state taxes but failed to deliver any new police stations, police resources or extra officers in the entire electorate of Ripon.”
“Community members have a right to feel safe, our government needs to protect us from violence, drug offences, thefts and burglaries.”
Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue joined Ms Staley in calling on the Andrews Labor Government to act. “Crime rates continue to soar but Daniel Andrews is closing police stations and cutting frontline police numbers” he said.
“Despite all the evidence that crime is out of control, Daniel Andrews’ cuts mean that even more police stations are likely to close” Mr O’Donohue added.