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Aug

Proactive plan to put more eyes on Bentleigh streets

A Liberal Nationals Government will work with the Bentleigh community to establish a Neighbourhood Safety Plan: a partnership with residents, traders and government to identify local safety problems and solve them.

To help support this community partnership, a Matthew Guy Government will invest $340,000 in proactive crime prevention measures to keep Bentleigh residents safe in their homes, streets, parks and at the shops.

The Liberal Nationals Neighbourhood Safety Plan includes:

• A $235,000 grant for the City of Glen Eira towards improving, repairing and expanding the existing CCTV camera network in the municipality’s shopping precincts, parks and train stations (inside the Bentleigh electorate).

• An $85,000 grant for the City of Kingston towards expanding the existing CCTV camera network, such as cameras at the Moorabbin shops, train station train station and neighbouring car park and streets.

• A $20,000 grant to the Bentleigh Traders Association for graffiti clean-up activities in the shopping precinct.

We need to stop the cycle of crisis after crisis in Bentleigh streets, and start planning and working to make the community safer.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Community Safety and Police, Edward O’Donohue:

“Under Daniel Andrews and Nick Staikos, criminal offences in Bentleigh have increased 70.29%.

Bentleigh is now home to Victoria’s tenth largest increase in criminal offences. This is unacceptable.

There’s a clear choice at the next election between Daniel Andrews and his soft on crime approach or Matthew Guy, who has listened to local communities and has the solutions to address this crime wave.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Bentleigh, Asher Judah:

“I will work with local residents to help make them safe again.

My Neighbourhood Safety Plan will put more eyes on the street, at the shops and in our parks.

My plan will stamp out drug dealing in Joyce Park (Ormond), discourage shopping lifting at the Centre Road shops (Bentleigh and East Bentleigh) and identify vandals operating along Bentleigh’s Corridor of Crime (the Frankston Train corridor).

Over the coming weeks, my team will be consulting with both the local community and councils to nominate the proposed camera locations within Bentleigh’s known trouble spots. Camera locations will be finalised following discussions with Victoria Police in government. I encourage residents to contact me with suggestions at asher.judah@vic@liberal.org.au.”

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