Crime up again as Andrews dithers
Crime is continuing to increase across Gippsland under the Melbourne Labor Government according to the latest statistics.
In the past 12 months, crime has risen 10.3 per cent in the Wellington Shire and 8.2 per cent in South Gippsland Shire figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency show.
Since the election of the Labor Government, crime has risen 18.3 per cent and 12.5 per cent respectively in the two shires, while across the state, the crime rate has risen 13.4 per cent in the year to June 2016 and 16.5 per cent since the last election.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien, said the community has every right to be alarmed at the rise in crime.
"These figures are concerning for every Gippslander and are the result of Labor's cuts to front-line policing, closure of police stations and winding back of bail laws.
"I know our local police are working hard but they have one hand tied behind their back due to the resourcing issues caused by the Labor Government. With our state's population growing, police numbers have not kept pace meaning we are seeing real cuts to frontline numbers.
"I know our local police have been put under pressure to return staff to fight the crime wave in Melbourne but country Victorians will not stand for any action like this.
"If Daniel Andrews spent less time fighting CFA volunteers and members of his own party and more time focussed on issues like rising crime, Victoria would be much better off."