State MPs Danielle Green and Vicki Ward have welcomed figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) that indicate a reduction of crime in the Diamond Valley.

New figures released by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show the six-year crime trend that started in 2011 has been turned around, with people in the Diamond Valley experiencing a decline in crime rates for the past 12 months.

The Members for Yan Yean and Eltham said the investment in 3135 new police – the biggest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history – funded by the Andrews Labor Government, was starting to have an impact on the ground – with crime in the Nillumbik local government area down by 21.6 per cent. In the year to March 2018, assault and related offences are down by 29.1 per cent.

A number of offences decreased in the 12 months to March 2018 in Diamond Valley, including a 24 per cent decrease in property and deception offences, a 22.8 per cent decrease in theft and 14.9 per cent decrease in crimes against the person.

In fact, crime has dropped across Victoria, with 68 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas experiencing decreases in recorded offence rates from the previous 12 months – with a 9.5 per cent decrease in the crime rate.

Despite these community safety gains family violence remains one of the most significant issues facing the Victorian community with demand for services and support continuing to increase.

That’s why the Labor Government is deploying family violence police specialists to communities across Victoria to help tackle family violence.

Following the unprecedented $2 billion in Victoria Police to deliver the biggest recruitment drive in its history – the Diamond Creek Division will receive 39 new police as part of the 825 scheduled to graduate from the academy over the next 12 months

This year’s Community Safety Statement builds on the record police investment with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville
“The independent crime statistics released today highlight the relentless work police are doing – day in, day out – to keep people in the Diamond Valley safe.”

“While these are promising figures there is always more to be done to drive down crime further – that’s why we’re making record investments to give police the resources, powers and equipment they need to keep us safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green
“Our local police members in Diamond Valley are working hard to target issues including assault and property and deception offences, which we can see reflected in these latest statistics.”

“While we are seeing decreases in the local crime rate, there is still more to do particularly in regards to Family Violence. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing police with the resources to keep our community safe, including providing 12 new family violence police for the Diamond Creek Division.”

“More police in our community means more police patrolling the streets and more police employed in specialist roles to prevent crime and prosecute offenders – with more to come over the coming years.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eltham Vicki Ward
“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to working alongside Victoria Police to deliver the resources and powers to keep our community safe.”

“Thank you to our local police force. It is because of their dedication and hard work that the crime rate in Diamond Valley has decreased by 21.6 per cent in the last 12 months.”

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