Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in News

Ever-increasing police numbers on the beat, tough new laws targeting antisocial behaviour, hoons and knife crime and a range of community education and awareness programs have all helped Victoria’s official crime rate drop by 30 per cent over the last decade.

Police Minister Bob Cameron today praised the hard work being done by Victoria Police’s frontline officers, and said Victoria now had the lowest crime rate since electronic recording was introduced in 1993.

“The growing number of frontline Victoria Police officers deserve praise for helping to protect Victorians, reducing crime by another 6.4 per cent in the last year alone, meaning the crime rate has reduced every year since the Labor Government was elected,” Mr Cameron said.

“These results are vindication for their ongoing hard work in their local communities.

“It should come as no surprise that overall crime continues to decrease given the Labor Government has added nearly 2000 extra police to the force and equipped police with a raft of tough new powers to tackle crime and troublemakers across the state.

“A number of key indicators in the latest crime statistics show the Brumby Labor Government has taken the tough decisions to tackle the challenges of community safety, and by supporting police with record resources, more officers plus tough and targeted police powers we are making a difference for the better.”

In addition to being the lowest crime rate since 1993, the figures show:

  • Overall rate of crimes against the person (non family violence) went down 1 per cent over the last year, and is down 0.6 per cent since 2000-01;
  • The rate of assaults (non-family violence) also fell 0.3 per cent over the year;
  • The rate of robberies reduced by 8.8 per cent in the past year, meaning an overall drop of 37.7 per cent since 2000-01;
  • Street assaults (non-family violence) in the Melbourne Police Service Area have dropped by 4.7 per cent in the last year;
  • The number of knife attacks fell 2.6 per cent last year, (now down 24.6 per cent since 2001-02);
  • The number of robberies involving knives fell 19.3 per cent in the last year, (now down 46.3 per cent since 2001-02); and
  • The crime rate on public transport (per million trips) is down 8.4 per cent over the past year and is now down 48.8 per cent since 2000-01.


“While we acknowledge there is always more to do to tackle crime in society, the Brumby Labor Government continues taking action to help Victoria Police meet the challenge of protecting the community and making our streets safer, through record funding and record resourcing,” Mr Cameron said.

Crimes against property have also fallen, with police working hard to protect the possessions Victorians have worked so hard to earn.

  • Overall rate of crimes against property fell 8.9 per cent in the last year and are down 39.4 per cent since 2000-01.
  • Residential Burglaries fell 4.5 per cent over the past year – a 52 per cent reduction since 2000-01;
  • Theft of motor vehicles fell 7.6 per cent in the last year – a 69 per cent reduction since 2000-01;
  • Theft from motor vehicles fell 6.3 per cent over the last year – a 38.3 reduction since 2000-01; and
  • The number of number plates stolen fell 10.3 per cent in the last year, while the number GPS units stolen from cars fell two per cent. 

Mr Cameron said the statistics showed that under a Labor Victorian Government, Victorians could have more faith the state will continue to become a better place to live.

“When Ted Baillieu was Liberal Party president during their last term in government, he promised 1000 extra police and instead slashed 800 officers from the force – which resulted in a 10 per cent increase in crime,” Mr Cameron said.

“Victorians can expect to see further crime reductions in coming years with the Brumby Labor Government having done the hard work to deliver new resources to meet the community safety challenge, with a record 1,966 frontline police officers coming on board over the next five years.

“We totally reject Ted Baillieu’s Liberal Party policy of slashing police and sending crime rates up – we will continue to do the hard work required to support police with more resources, more officers and more powers to further reduce crime in Victoria.”

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