Last year Police Minister Lisa Neville said Victorians don’t feel safe in their own homes and unfortunately today’s release of the Report on Government Services (ROGS) by the independent Productivity Commission, confirms she was right.
It’s an indictment on the soft on crime Andrews Government and its part time justice ministers that the number of Victorians feeling safe at home alone has decreased from over 90% in 2013/14 to less than 80% in 2016/17.
The ROGS data also reveals that:
Sworn police numbers per capita were cut by Daniel Andrews between 2015-16 and 2016-17, following his decision to make the Police Academy a ghost town;
There was a shocking increase in victim rates for sexual assault (+24.35%), armed robbery (+62.02%) + motor vehicle theft (+38.48%) between 2014 and 2016, while in NSW over the same period there was a decrease of 41.35% for armed robbery and 17.15% for motor vehicle theft;
Despite a recidivism rate stuck over 40%, the Victorian prison system is the most expensive of any state in Australia on a per prisoner basis.
The Productivity Commission today lays bare what Victorians already know, that holding offenders to account and fixing the broken justice system just hasn’t been a priority for Daniel Andrews and the community is paying a huge price as a consequence.
Only Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals Coalition have a clear plan to toughen the justice system and put victims of crime first and criminals second.