A Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of home invasions and carjackings by requiring first time offenders to be fitted with GPS tracking anklets for the duration of any parole period, says Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.
In those extraordinary circumstances where a person convicted of a home invasion or carjacking is not given a custodial sentence, they will be required to be fitted with a GPS tracking anklet for a minimum of two years.
This tough new approach is in addition to other previously announced policies by the Liberal Nationals like mandatory minimum jail sentences for repeat violent offenders. It also complements our other tough laws like anti-consorting laws for members of violent youth gangs.
In December 2014, the number of reported residential aggravated burglaries was 2,464. In June 2018, the number of reported residential aggravated burglaries was 3,540.
In other words, home invasions have increased by 43.7% under Daniel Andrews and Labor.
In 2017, the first year of carjacking as a specific offence, there were 183 recorded offences.
In the first six months of 2018 there has already been 110 recorded carjacking offences.
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will introduce mandatory minimum jail sentences for repeat offenders of 14 different violent crimes including 10 years minimum for home invasions and carjackings.
Daniel Andrews and his Labor MPs don’t support mandatory minimum jail sentences for murderers, rapists and those convicted of home invasions and carjackings. Labor believe Judges should have the discretion to give these repeat violent criminals a warning and a slap on the wrist.
Under a Liberal Nationals Government, violent offenders convicted of home invasions and carjackings who receive parole will be required to be fitted with a GPS tracking anklets for their parole period.
This will give Victorians confidence that these violent offenders won’t reoffend while on parole and if they do, they will be quickly arrested by police, locked up and convicted with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 more years. Jail for 10 years will mean jail for 10 years.
Similarly, those convicted of these violent offences who do not receive a custodial sentence have been given a privileged chance and also need to earn back the trust of the community.
This will all be achieved through changes to the Sentencing Act 1991 and the Corrections Act 1986.
We will provide $5.1 million over the next term to boost our electronic monitoring capacity.
These will be tough laws but they will save innocent lives.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:
“Daniel Andrews has lost control of violent crimes like home invasions and carjackings.
“Only a Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of this violent crime wave and make Victoria safer.
“These tough new laws will save lives.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Attorney-General, John Pesutto:
“Home invasions have increased by 43.7% under Daniel Andrews and Labor and that’s why we need to urgently get this violent crime wave back under control with tough laws.
“This new law will give Victorians confidence that these violent offenders won’t reoffend while on parole and if they do, they will be quickly arrested by police, locked up and convicted with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years jail.
“Under a Liberal Nationals Government, jail for 10 years will mean jail for 10 years.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Corrections, Edward O’Donohue:
“Daniel Andrews and Labor think violent criminals have a right to parole.
“The Liberal Nationals believe parole is a privilege not a right.
“Violent offenders on parole have to earn back the trust of the community.”
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