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Crime still out of control under Labor

Crime in Victoria continues to rise under the Andrews Labor Government with latest statistics showing a 20 per cent increase in crime since the government came to power.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said that in addition to high profile public order issues in Melbourne, the crime spree is now spreading to Gippsland with the latest figures showing crime is up 16.6 per cent in South Gippsland Shire and 7.83 per cent in the Wellington Shire in the past 12 months.

“This is a really concerning trend with the crime wave spreading out from Melbourne into our country areas.

“Since Labor came to power, crime in the South Gippsland Shire has risen 29 percent and in the Wellington Shire, almost 22 per cent.

“Our local police do a great job, but with limited resources and Daniel Andrews’ soft on crime approach, this is starting to hurt our communities.”

Mr O’Brien said Labor has failed to keep police numbers growing with the growth in the population and that this is reflected in the statistics released today.

“The justice system in Victoria is in crisis because Labor has weakened bail laws, weakened sentencing, removed move-on powers from police and cut frontline police numbers.

“We’ve got a clear crisis in our juvenile crisis system and crime more generally is growing despite statements from the Premier that he would smash violent youth gangs and make our community safer.

“The reality is that the opposite is occurring and Daniel Andrews and Labor seem to have no plan to address it.

“Since the election in 2014, aggravated burglaries have gone up 64 per cent, aggravated robbery up 30 percent, assaults up 31 percent and car theft is up 43 per cent.

“None of these figures are showing any sign of improvement despite the government’s claims and Daniel Andrews has to shoulder the blame for these statistics.”

Mr O’Brien said the Liberal-Nationals Coalition had already outlined a number of policies including toughening bail laws, no body no parole laws, and other changes to make our community safer.

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