CRIME in Campaspe Shire remains a problem, with a 20.02 per cent rise since December 2014.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the latest statistics released by the Crime Statistics Agency today showed an alarming rise in violent crime across Victoria.
“Crime is up 20 per cent in Campaspe Shire and, since June 2015, there’s been a 23.6 per cent rise in crimes against the person,” Mr Walsh said.
“Violent crime is on the rise in Victoria – that is what worries our community. That is what keeps our community awake at night.
“Daniel Andrews must adopt the Liberal-Nationals’ tough mandatory sentencing policy to stop the revolving door of soft justice and sentencing under his Melbourne-centric Labor Government.
“Repeat violent offenders should serve mandatory jail times, not be out in the community committing more violent crimes.”
Between June 2016 and June 2017 in Campaspe Shire, the number of theft offences increased 24.8 per cent to 1,083 offences, up from 868 the year before.
Arson offences rose 23.7 per cent and burglary/break and enter is also up – from 345 offences to 394.
Victoria has become Australia’s crime capital since December 2014.
Since Daniel Andrews was elected, crime in Victoria has increased 16.1 per cent. Home invasions and aggravated burglaries increased by 11.1 per cent in the past year.
“We have a crime wave that needs to be solved and while the Andrews Government might like to gloat about overall figures, violent crime is still the highest it has ever been,” Mr Walsh said.
“We have a clear crisis on our hands but the Andrews Labor Government continues to be soft on crime.”