Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has criticised the Andrews Government for failing to deter criminal activity after latest crime statistics reveal a greater increase of crime in Baw Baw Shire than the rest of Victoria.
According to Crime Statistics Agency data collated from March 2015 to 2016, Baw Baw Shire experienced an increase of crime of 10.6%, while the Victorian average is 10% per 100,000 population.
Since March of this year, 3,845 offences have been committed in the Baw Baw Shire, 370 more than last year.
Mr Blackwood believes the Andrew’s Government needs to refocus its crime agenda and the Minister for Police is ‘out of touch with her portfolio.’
“Today Lisa Neville has said that the Andrews Labor Government is facing a number of significant law and order challenges”, Mr Blackwood said.
“These numbers should come as no surprise to the Minister and to brush them off as challenges will give no comfort to the local communities who are faced with more dangerous streets under her watch.”
“The Minister should admit that the Andrews Labor Governments crime agenda is failing and look at what resources and legislation she can provide to support our police and court system to reverse these trends”, Mr Blackwood said.
Minister for Police Lisa Neville argues the latest crimes statistics do not reveal the Andrews governments’ supposed crime incompetency but rather the efforts that are being made to protect all Victorians.
“These statistics clearly show Victoria Police are targeting more crime, making more arrests and charging more offenders to protect the Victorian community”, Ms Neville said.
Ms Neville admits that complex law and order challenges including family violence and gun crime are currently hurdles Victoria Police aim to address.
“We face a number of complex law and order challenges including the scourge of family violence, the need to crack down on gangs and gun crime which is why this Government continues to give Victoria Police the people, technology and infrastructure they need to keep our community safe, now and well into the future.”
Baw Baw Shire is not the only local government area to experience a significant increase in crime.
Crime Statistics Agency Data indicate an increase in Latrobe’s crime rate of 8.4% and a staggering 34% in Cardinia.