Police | June 25, 2018

Kealy – We are less safe under Daniel Andrews

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP says Victoria’s latest crime statistics have revealed what local residents already know: we are less safe under Daniel Andrews.

Ms Kealy has slammed the Premier after new figures released this month by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency reveal total crime in Victoria has risen by 9.4% since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2104.  

Even more alarming is the average 17% increase in crime across the Lowan electorate over the same period.

This includes an increase in total offences of 51.6% in the Yarriambiack Shire, 51.3% in the Hindmarsh Shire and 39.6% in the Southern Grampians Shire Council.

Ms Kealy said local residents have rightly had enough of violence and lawlessness under Daniel Andrews.

“Our hardworking police do a fantastic job with the resources at hand, but the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to fund new staff to compensate for the two-up staffing rule means a reduced local police presence,” Ms Kealy said.

“Local people have the right to feel safe in their own communities.

“Daniel Andrews’ soft on crime approach is a dismal failure but the Liberal Nationals have a plan for mandatory minimum sentences, more police on the beat, a public sex offenders register and tougher parole and bail laws.

“We will make Lowan safe again,” she said.

Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Corrections and Police Ed O’Donohue said all Victorians had a clear choice to make at the upcoming state election in November.

“Under Daniel Andrews there has been an increase in home invasions, carjackings, assaults, youth gang violence together with an increase in the number of his excuses,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Daniel Andrews can keep on spinning all he likes, but only Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals are offering real action,” he said.

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