Crime rates on the rise in Shepparton



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

The Victorian Crime Statistics Agency released its quarterly data today, revealing the number of offences recorded by police has risen 11.6 per cent in the year to 30 September 2016.

In Shepparton, the number of offences has risen 11.71 per cent since December 2014.

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

"The Shepparton community has been greatly impacted by the crime wave sweeping the state under Daniel Andrews," Mr O’Sullivan said.

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

"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. The Labor Government must set aside its city-centric agenda for this to be achieved."

Shadow Minister for Police Edward O’Donohue said Victoria’s justice system was in crisis.

"Victorians are less safe because of Daniel Andrews," Mr O’Donohue said.

"Under Daniel Andrews the justice system is in crisis due to weak sentencing, watered down bail laws, repeal of move on laws, cuts to frontline police and closure of police stations.

"These statistics just confirm what every Victorian already knows, that our community has become less safe under Daniel Andrews with home invasions, carjackings, drive-by shootings and gangs such as Apex running amok."

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