November 28, 2013

Crime Jumps Again in Moorabool Shire Under Napthine

Crime in Moorabool Shire has continued to rise on the back of a massive 50 per cent increase in the number of drug offences.

The number of drug offences has risen from 74 in the 12 months to October 2012 to 113 in the last 12 months, this in an increase of 39 offences over just one year.

Member for Ballarat East, Geoff Howard MP, said in the last 12 months ‘Total Crime’ in the Moorabool Shire has risen by 8.3 per cent.

“Denis Napthine and the Liberal Party are losing control of their tough on crime policy as offences continue to skyrocket, jails are overflowing and the criminal justice system is splitting at the seams because of underfunding, overcrowding and lack of staff resources,” said Mr Howard.

“Under the former Labor Government crime figures had been on a steady downward trend. In the last three years under Denis Napthines Coalition Government we have seen alarming increases in crime across regional Victoria.”

“The Liberal Party promised to make Moorabool Shire safer but violent crime and drug offences have increased significantly.”

“Residential burglaries have jumped by 6.7 per cent in the last year and thefts from motor vehicles are up by 29.8 per cent.”

 “The Liberal Government has only succeeded in making our community less safe.”

“Our local Victoria Police officers do a great job but this is not just a policing issue. It relates to education support including TAFE opportunities. It relates to job availability
and it relates to community support services which have all gone backwards under the Napthine Government,” Mr Howard concluded.