Stay calm with crime stats

EARLIER this week the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) released its recorded crime statistics for Victoria for the year ending March 31.

Some 543,391 offences were recorded by Victoria Police in the year to March 2017, up 4 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The increase in overall recorded crimes triggered the expected outcry from the Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, who called the statistics evidence of a ‘crime tsunami.’

His party called for mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders, and mandatory jail times for violent offenders, to tackle the ‘massive increases’ in violent crime.

“Murder is up 19 per cent (pc); attempted murder is up 141pc; common assaults are up 34pc; rape is up 14pc; and aggravated robbery is up 33pc,” Mr Guy said.

“Despite the crisis in violent crime rates, Daniel Andrews continues to defend the status quo on sentencing, bail and reform.”

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