Crime Up 25 per cent in Campaspe
Thursday 15th June 2017
Daniel Andrews refuses to take action to fix the violent crime rate in Victoria, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said.
New figures released by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency today show crime across the Campaspe region has risen a staggering 24.65 per cent since December 2014.
Total offences were up to 3,686, from 2,957 in December 2014.
“Our community has been abandoned by the Premier for Melbourne while the crime rate spirals out of control,” Mr Walsh said.
“Offenders have been encouraged by the Andrews Labor Government’s watered-down bail laws, weakened sentencing and no increases to frontline police numbers.”
In Echuca, there was a 38.7 per cent increase in crimes against the person between March 2016 and March 2017, while property damage is up 29.9 per cent, from 164 offences in 2016 to 213 offences in 2017.
Theft in Kyabram rose 19.5 per cent, from 128 offences in the 12 months to March 2016 to 153 offences a year later.
“Country people are seething with anger about what is evolving in their communities when it comes to law and order,” Mr Walsh said.
“Their families and businesses are vulnerable and they feel powerless.
“Daniel Andrews has dismally failed country communities in what should be the first priority of any government – law and order.
“Only the Liberal National Coalition has a plan for stronger sentencing, tougher parole conditions and a return to the principle that bail is a privilege not a right for violent offenders.”