LOCAL CRIME STATS PROMISING BUT MORE WORK TO BE DONE

The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in officers, resources and technology is helping Victoria Police crackdown on crime in Hobsons Bay.

Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy and Member for Williamston District, Wade Noonan said the latest crime statistics show police are making more arrests and coming down hard on recidivist offenders across Hobsons Bay.

Family violence incidents continue to be a focus for police, with rates starting to stabilise across the state after increasing significantly over the past few years. Locally, there has been a 7.1% decrease in family violence incidents recorded.

The statistics released today show there were 6,399 crimes committed in the Hobsons Bay area in the year ending March 2017 – a 9.3% per cent decrease.

The offence rate is 6,776.2 per 100,000 people in the year ending March 2017, which is an 8.7% per cent decrease.

The statistics show how hard Victoria Police is working in the Hobsons Bay area to detect, investigate and disrupt crime, and how important the Labor Government’s investment in turning around the six-year crime trend is.

The 2017-18 Victorian Budget delivered an unprecedented $1.91 billion to implement every recommendation from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and reform the system to hold perpetrators to account and support victims.

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering its $2 billion Community Safety Statement which is giving police the resources, facilities, technology, powers and laws they need to reduce harm and keep our community safe.

The Andrews Labor Government has also provided $249,399 of community safety funding to the Hobsons Bay area to tackle the causes of crime.

The government has strengthened powers for police, added five new teams to target gangs and illicit firearms, toughened sentences for drug dealers, created new carjacking and home invasion offences, and is banning cash for scrap.

Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona District

“These stats show why our record investment in community safety is so vital for people in Hobsons Bay”

Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan, Member for Williamstown District

“We’ll continue to give Victoria Police the powers and resources they need to protect local families.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“I thank hard working Police in Hobsons Bay and across Victoria for their tireless work tackling crime and protecting our community.”

“While there are positive signs in the latest crime stats, we know there is more to be done. That’s why we’re putting thousands more police on our streets, and giving law enforcement agencies the powers and technology they need to keep Victorians safe.”