Crime continues to spiral out of control under the Napthine Government new Victoria Police statistics show, Member for Lyndhurst, Martin Pakula said today.

Mr Pakula said Victoria Police statistics reveal offences recorded jumped in most categories – showing crime has continued to rise under each and every reporting period under the Liberal National State Government.

Mr Pakula said the crime statistics proved the Napthine Liberal National Government’s savage $100 million budget cuts to Victoria Police is having an impact on their ability to tackle crime. 

Mr Pakula said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee on May 16, 2013, admitted the budget cuts were having a negative impact on policing when he said:

“There is no doubt at all that there has been a challenging time for us in relation to our finances. There have been occasions when we have actually reshaped our business to meet some of those challenges.”

“This frank admission by Mr Lay clearly shows the Napthine Liberal National Government’s so called tough-on-crime agenda is in complete tatters with jumps in crimes against the person, assault including family violence, assaults, burglary, drug offences and motor vehicle theft,” Mr Pakula said.

“Under the Napthine Liberal National Government there were 403,618 offences recorded from April 2012 to March 2013, an increase of 5.6 per cent.

“Victoria Police statistics show assault including family violence has blown out yet again by 13.8 per cent with 45,971 offices recorded, crime against the person jumped 9.2 per cent with 58,094 offences recorded and drug offences jumped 14.6 per cent with 20,270  offences recorded.

“Assaults excluding family violence jumped 4.1 per cent with 26,307 offences recorded, burglary rose 11.5 per cent and motor vehicle theft jumped 10.8 per cent.”

 Crime in Dandenong;

  • Total crime up 8.2 per cent
  • Other crime up 18.7 per cent
  • Theft from a motor vehicle up 9.7 per cent
  • Crime against property up 8.4 per cent
  • Burglary (residential) up 4.7 per cent
  • Property damage up 4.3 per cent
  • Assault (excluding family violence) up 2.2 per cent

Crime in Casey;

  • Total crime up 1.6 per cent
  • Drug offences up 13.9 per cent
  • Other crime up 13.2 per cent
  • Burglary (other) up 3.9 per cent
  • Theft from a motor vehicle up 1.4 per cent

“The Napthine Liberal National Government’s key election promise to get tough on crime has failed. This is what happens when you ignore the causes of crime and fail to put in any
measures to prevent crime,” he said.  

“It is a falsehood of Mr Napthine and Police Minister Kim Wells to claim that these figures are a result of additional police. 

“What we know is that Victoria Police has been hit with a $100 million cut to its budget and stripped of 350 staff in addition to 480 Department of Justice staff.

“Under Labor, Victorians saw 10 years of reduced crime rates and the Napthine Liberal National Government have managed to unravel that good work by cutting the Victoria Police budget by $100 million and slashing more than 800 Victoria Police and Department of Justice staff.”