Crime rates continue to rise in Bendigo

Community safety in Bendigo is at risk after Daniel Andrews’ continued failure to tackle a rising crime rate, The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Luke O’Sullivan said.

The Victorian Crime Statistics Agency recently released its quarterly data, revealing the number of offences recorded by police in Victoria has risen by 4% since 2016 with the number of offences in the Greater Bendigo region rising by 16.9%.

Mr O’Sullivan said the Bendigo community is becoming more dangerous with Daniel Andrews’ soft approach to crime.

"The Bendigo community has been greatly impacted by the crime wave sweeping the state under Daniel Andrews, with robbery in the area up by 24% and assault and related offences up by 5.5%." Mr O’Sullivan said.

"Daniel Andrews has done nothing over the past two years, and it shows because the crime rates in Bendigo continue to rise.

"Not only do we have a situation where crime rates are continuing to rise, but we also know that there aren’t enough police in the region to help combat this and make our communities safer.

"All you have to do is pick up a local newspaper and it’s clear that crime is rampant in Bendigo.

"Every day there is another newspaper article about attempted break-ins and assault. The Bendigo community has also been hit with a number of carjacking’s recently, which has been terrifying for Bendigo residents.

"It is time for country communities to be heard. We desperately need more police resources and sentences that reflect the community’s expectations, to deal with rising crime.

"Under Daniel Andrews, crime will continue to rise and people will continue to feel unsafe in their homes and communities."

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