The release of the Report of Government Services data highlights the impact of Victoria’s ongoing youth crime crisis under Daniel Andrews.
The Productivity Commission has found only 20.7 per cent of youth offenders in Victoria are being diverted into drug and youth justice programs, compared to 49.7 per cent in New South Wales and 57.3 per cent in Queensland.
With 15 to 19 year olds being the largest cohort of offenders in cases of serious violent crimes against the person, the lack of action and diversion programs from youth offenders is placing the safety of the community at unacceptable risk.
As a consequence, Victorians’ perceptions of safety continue to lag the nation – with more Victorians than any other state reporting feeling unsafe on public transport, in their neighbourhoods and in their own homes at night.
Furthermore, more than half of Victorians believe illegal drugs are a problem in their neighbourhood and almost two-thirds believe speeding and dangerous driving is a problem in their neighbourhood.
No one should have to live in fear, but under Daniel Andrews’ do nothing approach to youth crime, Victorians just don’t feel as safe as other states.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety, David Southwick:
“It’s little wonder Victoria has a youth crime crisis when 4 out of 5 young offenders aren’t being given the support they need.”
“Daniel Andrews is asleep at the wheel on youth crime and as a consequence, Victoria remains the most fearful state in the nation.”