Country crime rates continue to climb

Ripon MP, Louise Staley has demanded the Andrews Government properly resource Victoria’s over-worked police officers as crime rates in the Central Goldfields region.

In the latest Crime Statistics released by Victoria Police, total Crime in the Central Goldfields region has jumped by 26 percent over the past year.

This surge was on the back of 48.5 percent increase in theft (from 204 to 303 offences), a 65.6 percent rise in Drug use and possession offences, and a 138.8 increase in weapons and explosives offences.

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.