Posted on 30. Nov, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government is failing on crime prevention with new figures showing for the second year in a row that crime has increased sharply under Ted Baillieu, Shadow Minister for Police Jacinta Allan said today.

Ms Allan said Victoria Police statistics released today showed crime in all crime categories had jumped under the Baillieu Government.

“Under Labor Victorians saw 10 years of reduced crime rates and Mr Baillieu and Deputy Leader and Minister for Police Peter Ryan have managed to unravel that good work in less than two years with two consecutive significant jumps in crime rates,” Ms Allan said.

“Under the Baillieu Government there were 395,406 offences recorded, an increase of 7.5 per cent on the previous year.

“Victoria Police statistics show crime against the person jumped 12.9 per cent, drug offences jumped 22.5 per cent and reported family violence has blown out by 37 per cent.

“Assaults jumped 15.9 per cent, burglary rose 6.1 per cent and motor vehicle theft jumped 9.2 per cent.

“In two years Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan have managed to unravel 10 years of crime reduction under Labor,” Ms Allan said.

“These statistics are further evidence that the Baillieu Government has failed to tackle crime in Victoria despite this being a key plank of their election promise.

“Mr Ryan has been too absorbed in his own office crisis and undermining police command, rather than dealing with these serious issues confronting Victorian families daily.

“The ‘no action’ Baillieu Government’s tough talk on crime is nothing but spin. Mr Baillieu promised to get tough on crime but today’s crime statistics show he has failed to make our communities safer.”

The crime figures follow the release of documents obtained under Freedom of Information earlier this year that showed police numbers had not kept up with population growth in 15 of the 21 divisional police areas across Victoria.

“The Baillieu Government has cut $65 million from Victoria Police, slashed 480 jobs from the Department of Justice and 350 jobs from Victoria Police as crime has increased,” Ms Allan said.

“The Government’s bungled PSO policy has blown out by more than $60 million and is behind schedule while Mr Ryan cuts police resources as crime jumps.

“After just two years crime prevention under Ted Baillieu has gone backwards as these latest statistics show.”

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