Shadow Police Minister, Edward O’Donohue
The number of offences recorded by police in the year to 31 December 2015 was 497,116. This is up 8.1% from 459,681 offences recorded in the same period last year.
Drug dealing and trafficking offences are up a shocking 17.7% from 4,498 to 5,292.
Weapons and explosive offences have been recorded at an alarming high, up 17.1% from 13,478 to 15,779.
Assault and related offences have risen by 4.2% from 37,687 to 39,255 recorded cases.
Theft offences are up 11.0% from 147,802 to 164,109
Stations including Pakenham, Mooroolbark, Ashburton, Somerville, Greensborough, and Craigieburn have had to reduce their opening hours or are closed due to a lack of resources from Daniel Andrews.
Comments from the Shadow Police Minister Edward O’Donohue
Under Daniel Andrews crime rates are up but police numbers are down.
Local residents are paying the price because Daniel Andrews has walked away from police numbers.
Crime in the Ashburton area has risen by almost 22 per cent over the past year.
Daniel Andrews response to this crime wave has been to watch while police stations close, police numbers per capita are cut and new gangs commit drive by shootings and undertake crime sprees with arrogance and contempt for our community.
Comments from Graham Watt, Member for Burwood
It’s disappointing after the effort of re-opening the station the Labor government has made the decision to close it again.
Ashburton Police Station is only open for two day shifts a week; this is not enough to properly service the community of Ashburton.
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