The release last week of the crime statistics for the year ended 30th September 2015 show that we have a law and order crisis in the Geelong region under Daniel Andrews and his part time Minister for Police Wade Noonan.
The overall crime rate in Victoria increased by 6% which is alarming enough, yet in the City of Greater Geelong crime has increased by 15.8% and in the Surf Coast Shire we have seen an increase of 33% in the crime rate. The lack of police numbers has seen the crime rate rise in Torquay by 77% and Armstrong Creek increase by 50%.
The previous Coalition Government oversaw the largest increase in sworn police numbers in Victoria’s history with over 1900 new police recruited over a four year period.
However, under Daniel Andrews there are now less sworn police officers in Victoria than when he came to office in November 2014.
“In Torquay the crime rate has risen by a staggering 77% under Daniel Andrews.” said Andrew Katos.
“In June this year I raised the issue of the lack of police numbers in Torquay in parliament. The Minister for Police Wade Noonan responded saying that there was no problem in Torquay.”
“When you have a 77% increase in crime in Torquay, Daniel Andrews and Wade Noonan cannot continue to keep their heads sand and pretend that there is not a problem.”
“The Waurn Ponds Police Station is also undermanned. The station should have 32 officers but at present there are only 17 officers, barely half the required officers.”
“The men and women of Victoria Police under the circumstances do a terrific job but these alarming crime statistics show that we urgently need more sworn police officers in Geelong and the Surf Coast.” Andrew Katos said.