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16
Jun

Crime is UP in Pakenham & Koo Wee Rup but resources are LOW

The number of recorded offences by police this year to the 31 March 2016 in Pakenham was 5192. This is up 40.2% from 3704 offences recorded in the same period last year.

Between the year ending March 2015 and 2016, the major offence categories that showed the highest significant upward trends were:

Burglary/Break and enter (up by 40.4% from 1888 to 2644)

  • Weapons and explosive offences, public nuisance (up by 32.35% from 272 to 360)
  • Assault, sexual offences, stalking (up by 15.98% from 632 to 733)

Koo Wee Rup

The number of recorded offences by police this year to the 31 March 2016 in Koo Wee Rup was 341. This is up 43.28% from 238 offences recorded in the same period last year.

Between the year commencing April 2015 and ending March 2016, the major offence categories that showed the highest significant upward trends were:

Burglary/Break and enter (up by 49.51% from 103 to 154)

  • Weapons and explosive offences, public nuisance (up by 128.57% from 7 to 16)
  • Breaches of court orders (up by 83.33% from 48 to 88)

 Quotes attributable to Brian Paynter, Member for Bass

The Andrews Government is struggling to keep pace on crime by not dedicating resources and forcing stations to close.

Daniel Andrews needs to spend less time fighting the CFA and more time concentrating on keeping Victoria safe

Pakenham’s crime figures increased by over 40% in one year and the police station is often closed or shut for periods of time due to lack of resources. This is simply not good enough.

Law and order is an issue of great concern for our community. Action needs to be taken now for people to feel safe in their own homes.

The crime rate is going up but the resources on the ground are not able to keep up with the demand. More police are required on the frontline and they are needed now.

Media Contact: Ann Selby 5672 4755 ann.selby@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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