The Nationals Gippsland South Crime Safety Police

Crime on the rise under Labor

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has expressed concern that community safety is at risk as Daniel Andrews’ fails to tackle a rising crime rate.

The Victorian Crime Statistics Agency released its quarterly data on Thursday, revealing the number of offences recorded by police across the state rose 18.15 per cent since the Melbourne Labor Government came into power in 2014.

Since December 2014, the number of offences in the Wellington and South Gippsland Shires have risen 17.86 and 14.7 per cent respectively.

Mr O’Brien said the community was less safe with Daniel Andrews’ soft on crime approach.

“Daniel Andrews has done nothing for two years and crime continues to rise.”

Mr O’Brien said local police work hard and do a good job but they are fighting a losing battle without the support of the Melbourne Labor Government.

“It is time for this city-centric Labor Government to listen to country communities that desperately need more police resources and sentences that reflect the community’s expectations, to deal with rising crime.

“As I travel around the electorate I hear from many people that they are concerned about increased violent crime and lenient sentences from the court.”

Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue, said Victoria’s justice system was in crisis.

“Victorians are less safe because of Daniel Andrews,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Under Daniel Andrews the justice system is in crisis due to weak sentencing, watered down bail laws, repeal of move-on laws, cuts to frontline police and closure of police stations.

“These statistics just confirm what every Victorian already knows, that our community has become less safe under Daniel Andrews with home invasions, carjackings, drive-by shootings and gangs such as Apex running amok.”

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