Crime up 9.4 per cent in Shepparton

Daniel Andrews refuses to take action to fix the violent crime rate in Victoria, Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan says.

New figures released by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency today show crime across the Greater Shepparton City Council region increased to 8,029 offences in the year to September 2017 – an increase of 9.4 per cent.

Shepparton ranked in the top five local government areas across Victoria for the number of incidents per capita.

“Our community has been abandoned by the Premier for Melbourne while the crime rate spirals out of control,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“Offenders have been emboldened by the Andrews Labor Government’s watered-down bail laws, weakened sentencing and cuts to frontline police numbers.”

In Shepparton’s town centre, weapons and explosives offences rose 65.9 per cent, from 167 offences in the year to September 2016 up to 277 offences in the year to September 2017.

Property damage also increased in the same period, up 10.2 per cent to 572 offences in the year to September 2017.

“Daniel Andrews can’t fix the violent crime rate by continuing to give repeat violent offenders four, five or six chances before sending them to jail,” Shadow Minister for Community Safety Edward O’Donohue said.

“Until this Premier starts to put the rights of innocent Victorians before the rights of violent criminals, we will not see any decline in violent crime rates.

“Only the Liberal National Coalition have a plan for stronger sentencing, tougher parole conditions and a return to the principle that bail is a privilege not a right for violent offenders.”

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