Every Victorian should have the right to feel safe in our suburbs and towns.
But under the violent crime wave because of Daniel Andrews’ soft touch, Victorians no longer feel safe in their own homes and communities.
That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will boost funding to the Community Crime Prevention program and victims’ support programs to $38 million.
As a sign of its importance, a Liberal Nationals Government will also reintroduce the Crime Prevention Ministerial portfolio so there is a dedicated focus on keeping people and communities safe.
Daniel Andrews axed the Crime Prevention Ministerial Portfolio which was an early indication of his Government’s lack of priority and focus on community safety.
The funding boost will be split into seven separate funds as follows:
- Community Safety Fund – $4 million over four years
- Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) – $2 million over four years
- Graffiti Prevention Grants – $4 million over four years
- Supporting Community Safety Programs Fund – $1 million over four years
- Public Safety Infrastructure Fund – $24 million over four years
- Neighbourhood Watch funding boost – $2 million over four years
- Support for victims of crime organisations – $1 million over four years
Under Daniel Andrews Community Crime Prevention funding has been cut by $10 million.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“A Government I lead will have a laser-like focus on making Victorians safe.
We are going to have more police on the beat, tougher jail sentences and we are going to fix the broken bail and parole systems.
A Liberal Nationals Government will also reverse Daniel Andrews’ funding cuts and we will have a Minister for Community Safety to focus on keeping Victorians safe.”
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue:
“Daniel Andrews and Labor’s cuts to funding for community safety has left Victorians less safe.
This election will be a referendum on who Victorians trust to keep us safe.
This election Victorians will have a choice between more of the same of Daniel Andrews’ soft touch on crime or a tougher, zero tolerance approach from Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals.”