Crime up 7.6% in Swan Hill
Thursday 14 December 2017
Daniel Andrews refuses to take action to fix the violent crime rate in Victoria, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh says.
New figures released by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency today show crime across the Swan Hill Rural City Council region increased to 2,357 offences in the year to September 2017 – an increase of 7.6 per cent.
“Our community has been abandoned by the Premier for Melbourne while the crime rate spirals out of control,” Mr Walsh said.
“Offenders have been emboldened by the Andrews Labor Government’s watered-down bail laws, weakened sentencing and cuts to frontline police numbers.”
In the Swan Hill town centre, property and deception offences rose 28.2 per cent, from 554 offences in the year to September 2016 up to 710 offences in the year to September 2017.
“Daniel Andrews can’t fix the violent crime rate by continuing to give repeat violent offenders four, five or six chances before sending them to jail,” Shadow Minister for Community Safety Edward O’Donohue said.
“Until this Premier starts to put the rights of innocent Victorians before the rights of violent criminals, we will not see any decline in violent crime rates.
“Only the Liberal National Coalition have 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.”