WE need to send a strong message of zero tolerance on crime in Victoria, says Liberal leader Matthew Guy.
The policy of treating fuel drive-offs as a civil rather than criminal matter hasn’t worked.
Fuel retailers have reported an increase in drive-offs and other associated criminal behaviours. Across Australia, fuel theft costs retailers $60 million per annum.
Further, fuel drive-offs can sometimes also be associated with attacks on retail staff and theft of other retail products, putting employees, customers and business owners at personal risk.
Recently, more and more crimes aren’t being treated as crimes – from low level drug taking to tap and go fraud, to treating fuel drive offs as a civil, rather than a criminal offence and prisoners having their fines wiped.
In response to this increase in fuel drive-offs, the fuel retail industry has invested tens of millions of dollars in better surveillance, security and crime prevention but it’s now time for this investment to be backed by the police and justice system.
A Guy Government will by 1 July 2019:
Attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
I want a safer Victoria and that means adopting a zero tolerance approach to crime.
Victorians who do the right thing and live by the law have had enough of excuses from criminals.
Victorians will have a choice at the next election of more of the same on law and order from Daniel Andrews or real change and a tougher approach from a Liberal Nationals Government I lead.
Attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue:
It’s clear that the approach of turning a blind-eye to fuel drive offs hasn’t worked. It’s time to send a clear message of deterrence to those with intent who steal fuel by again treating it as a crime.
Under Daniel Andrews criminals are emboldened with little fear of consequences and this has to change, including for fuel theft.
Attributable to Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Neale Burgess:
Business operators are sick and tired of being treated as a soft, easy touch by criminals who have not care or understanding of the impact on business costs of fuel theft.
Attributable to Jeff Rogut, CEO Australasian Association of Convenience Stores Ltd:
Fuel drive offs in Victoria have escalated alarmingly in recent years adding cost pressures for businesses and consumers and alike.
I welcome the policy of the Liberal Nationals Coalition which is the most comprehensive response to fuel drive offs of any Australian jurisdiction.
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