February 9, 2018

Crime rates soar on McGowan Government watch

Crime rates have increased under the McGowan Government’s watch with statistics revealing a 5 per cent increase in crime in the last three months of 2017.

Shadow Minister for Police Peter Katsambanis said the statistics should be confronting for Police Minister Michelle Roberts who only yesterday was continuing to blame the former Government for increasing crime on her watch.

“Minister Roberts is now seeing what happens when you sweep into office, strip millions of dollars from the policing budget, pull officers off the street and put them behind desks, destroy police morale with a damaging industrial dispute and scrap a successful policing model,” Mr Katsambanis said.

“Just yesterday the McGowan Government was defending its failure to release the latest crime statistics and it’s now clear why they hadn’t.”

The figures posed today on the WA Police website show that for the September to December 2017 quarter general assaults were up by 16 per cent, property damage by 11 per cent, burglary by 12 per, threatening behaviour by 15 per cent and murder by 50 per cent.

Mr Katsambanis said significant increases in a number of the areas of high-volume crimes, such as assault and burglary were particularly concerning because of the number of incidents the increases represented.

“These increases in assaults and burglaries mean hundreds more WA families are being affected by crime under the McGowan Government,” Mr Katsambanis said.

“West Australian are telling us they are feeling less safe and these statistics confirm the fears these people have are a reality under this Government.”

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