State MPs Danielle Green, Lily D’Ambrosio and Bronwyn Halfpenny have welcomed figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) that indicate a reduction of crime in the City of Whittlesea.

New figures released by the independent CSA show the six-year crime trend that started in 2011 has been turned around, with people in Whittlesea experiencing a decline in crime rates for the past 12 months.

The Members for Yan Yean, Mill Park and Thomastown said the investment of 3135 new police – the biggest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history – funded by the Andrews Government, was starting to have an impact on the ground – with crime in the Whittlesea local government area down by 9.3 per cent.

In the year to March 2018, burglaries/break and enter offences are down by 30 percent.

A number of offences decreased in the 12 months to March 2018 in the City of Whittlesea, including a 13 per cent decrease in property and deception offences and an 18.1 per cent decrease in theft.

Further reductions in crime included a decrease in family violence serious assaults by 7.4 per cent and an 8.2 per cent decrease in sexual offences.

While the CSA has shown that there has been increase in family violence common assault and breaches of family violence orders, this has been driven by an increase in reporting and a focus on enforcement.

In fact, crime has dropped across Victoria, with 68 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas experiencing decreases in recorded offence rates from the previous 12 months – with a 9.5 per cent decrease in the crime rate.

Despite these community safety gains family violence remains one of the most significant issues facing the Victorian community with demand for services and support continuing to increase.

That’s why the Andrews Government is deploying family violence police specialists to communities across Victoria to help tackle family violence.

Following the unprecedented $2 billion in Victoria Police to deliver the biggest recruitment drive in its history – the Whittlesea Police Service Area will receive eight new police as part of the 825 scheduled to graduate from the academy over the next 12 months

This year’s Community Safety Statement builds on the record police investment with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville

“The independent crime statistics released today highlight the relentless work police are doing – day in, day out – to keep people in the City of Whittlesea safe.”

“While these are promising figures there is always more to be done to drive down crime further – that’s why we’re making record investments to give police the resources, powers and equipment they need to keep us safe.” 

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Our local police members in the Whittlesea municipality are working hard to target issues including burglaries/break and enter and family violence, which we can see reflected in these latest statistics.”

“More police in our community means more police patrolling the streets and more police employed in specialist roles to prevent crime and prosecute offenders – with more to come over the coming years.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is making record investments in community safety and we’re seeing that in the north with the newly opened Mernda Police Station and the extra police officers on the beat.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio

“Thank you to all Victoria police officers, across all ranks of our local police force, for their dedication and hard work.”

“The Andrews Labor Government will continue to work alongside Victoria Police to deliver the resources and powers they need to keep Victorians safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“We are seeing decreases in the local crime rate overall but there is still more to do and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing police with the resources to keep our community safe, including boosting family violence policing capacity.”