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Police statistics up

Updated: Mar 31, 2021

REPORTED crime across the Loddon increased almost 20 per cent, according to figures released last week.

Ripon MP Louise Staley said the increase was despite two periods of extended lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These 2020 crime figures are clear evidence that the Andrews Labor Government has failed to make Loddon safer,” Ms Staley said.

In 2020, family violence offences were up 8.7 per cent, drug offences up 13.3 per cent and crimes against the person up 21.1 per cent, according to the official figures.

“In the six years since Daniel Andrews became Premier, drug offences in Loddon have risen 30.8 per cent and family violence offences have risen by 94.8 per cent.

“The year 2020 was a year of failure for the Andrews Labor Government. It failed to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and it failed to stop crime despite lockdowns and restrictions that should have lowered crime,” said Ms Staley.

“People in Loddon deserve to feel safe, but looking at these figures, I can see why many people would be deeply concerned.

“One can see the effect drug-related crime and family violence has on rural communities, yet Daniel Andrews and Labor have no plan to fix this scourge.

“Instead, the numbers of drug and family violence offences keep rising.”

In 2020, crime in Victoria was up 2.3 per cent overall compared with 2019 and has risen 19.5 per cent since 2014.

Meanwhile, the Crime Statistics Agency says 37,505 offences were recorded by police for breaches of COVID-19 Chief Health Officer Directions by 26,497 offenders.

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