Crime on the rise in Gippsland South
Crime continues to rise in both Wellington and South Gippsland Shires according to the latest crime statistics figures released this week.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said he was very concerned that offences recorded in South Gippsland had risen 22 per cent and in Wellington 12.7 per cent in the year ended March 2020.
“This is a very concerning development and highlights the neglect of rural areas by the Andrews Labor Government when it comes to community safety.
“We have had concerns about police numbers and a general a lack of police presence, including the manning of stations in places like Mirboo North and Loch Sport.
“We saw recently the government announce new police officers for the region but just one in South Gippsland Shire. The result is borne out by some of these statistics.
“Indeed, since the Andrews Labor Government was elected in 2014 the number of recorded offences has risen 46 per cent in South Gippsland Shire and 19 per cent in Wellington Shire.
“Our local police do a great job, but they are stretched with the resources provided.
“While the government has made much of the additional police it has recruited, very few of them have appeared on the ground in Gippsland South.
“We have been lucky that we are a predominantly low crime area, but the statistics tell the picture that crime is increasing in our communities.
“It is time the Andrews Labor Government looked beyond the tram tracks and provided more support for policing in Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien concluded.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is concerned that crime statistics are on the rise in Gippsland South.