In the four years of the Andrews Labor Government violent crime is up but frontline police numbers are down.
Since Daniel Andrews was elected, common assaults are up 38%, rape is up 20.82%, sexual offences against children are up 56.45%, aggravated robbery is up 24.12%, non-aggravated robbery is up 85.29%, and aggravated burglary is up 43.05%.
Figures supplied by The Police Association show there are now 190 fewer frontline police than there were in 2013 but crimes rates are up 10.36% under Daniel Andrews.
This election will be a referendum on who can fix violent crime in Victoria.
At the next election Victorians will have a choice of more of the same soft touch approach from Daniel Andrews and Labor or the Liberal Nationals’ plan including more frontline police; re-opening the police stations Daniel Andrews closed; mandatory sentencing for repeat violent offenders; a public sex offenders register for the ‘worst of the worst’; changes to concurrent sentences; tougher conditions for bail and a return to the principle that parole is a privilege and not a right.
Another reason why violent crime in Victoria is up under Daniel Andrews is because since he was elected population has grown by around half a million people and yet there are 190 fewer frontline police.
According to Community Safety Trustee Ron Iddles there are 17 police stations that are supposed to be open 24 hours a day that are closing at 11pm due to staffing issues.
This is why the Coalition has a plan to manage our population growth by setting a minimum number of police, doctors, teachers and healthcare workers in local government areas and towns.
While Victorians are less safe with increases in numbers of violent crimes, NSW is still experiencing dramatic declines in crime rates.
The story of the Andrews Labor Government is cuts to frontline police while violent crimes against Victorians continue to increase.