Posted on 25. May, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government’s ‘tough on crime’ agenda is in tatters, with new statistics revealing overall crime has increased for the first time in more than 10 years.

The statistics, released by Victoria Police, show overall crime has risen by 4.1 per cent in the past 12 months to March.

Crimes against the person, including assaults, have increased by 10.4 per cent, drug related offences have jumped by 14.7 percent increase, robberies have increased by 5.6 per cent, residential burglaries have risen by 4.1 per cent while theft of a motorcar has increased by 4.2 per cent.

Acting Shadow Minister for Police James Merlino said the crime statistics showed that Ted Baillieu was failing to make Victoria safer.

“This is a major embarrassment for the Premier, who has boasted about his ‘tough on crime’ credentials,” Mr Merlino said.

“These statistics are damning – not only has the overall crime rate increased for the first time in a decade, but there is an increase in every category of crime.

“This increase follows a decade of concerted effort by Victoria Police and Labor which saw a 30 per cent reduction in overall crime and a reduction in crime every single year.

“Victorians need to be safe on our streets, yet crime rates have increased significantly.

“Assaults are up, car thefts are up, home burglaries are up, but this Government isn’t prepared to act.

“Police do an outstanding job working hard to keep Victorians safe, but when the Police Minister’s own office is caught undermining the independent Chief Commissioner is it any wonder that crime is going up?”

Mr Merlino said the Baillieu Government had no strategies to deal with key issues like drug offences and family violence.   “Chief Commissioner Ken Lay states that family violence is contributing to the increase in overall crime stats, but the Government has failed to address this growing issue,” he said.

“Labor has been calling for a family violence strategy since Mr Baillieu took office but so far this Government has failed to deliver one.”


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