Violent youth crime hits record high as offences rise under Andrews

Crime statistics released today by the independent Crime Statistics Agency has revealed violent youth offending has reached an all-time high in Victoria as crime continues to soar under the Andrews Labor Government.

A record 7,697 incidents of violent crimes against the person, such as assault and robbery, were committed by individuals aged between 15-19, the largest figure ever recorded as youth offending continues to run rampant in Victoria.

Furthermore, today’s figures confirmed 15-19 year olds are the largest cohort of offenders in property and deception crimes - including serious incidents such as home invasions, theft and property damage.

This record youth offending followings a 4.7 per cent increase in total offences in 2019, with a number of concerning trends continuing across serious offences under Daniel Andrews, including:

  • aggravated burglary up 61.9 per cent

  • aggravated robbery up 61.7 per cent

  • common assault up 51 per cent

  • possession of Methylamphetamine (ice) up 141 per cent

  • prohibited Persons Possessing a Firearm up 37.9 per cent

  • dangerous driving up 166 per cent

  • resist or hinder officer up 167.1per cent

Daniel Andrews’ failure to address youth offending and the crimes that keep people up at night have placed the safety of the community at risk. A total of 231,075 victim reports were made to Victoria Police across 2019, an increase of 5.38 per cent for the year and translating to one victim of crime for every 28 Victorians.

With an additional 48 criminal incidents occurring in Victoria each and every day under Andrews, its little wonder why Victorians have the worst perception of safety in the nation.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety, David Southwick:

“Andrews’ failure to address youth offending is breeding the next generation of hardened criminals.

“With an additional 48 criminal incidents each and every day in Victoria, we need more policing in the community and better programs to get offenders out of a life of crime.

“Every day Victorians are seeing more violent offending, yet all we get from Daniel Andrews is more of the same.”

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