The latest release from the Crime Statistics Agency shows that the over representation of 15 to 19 year olds in the crime statistics is the single greatest social problem facing Victoria. This threatens to become an intergenerational crime issue.
Today’s release also shows that crime rates in Victoria are on the increase with the number of recorded offences up 1.7% for the year ending 31 December 2018. Of most concern in today’s statistics is that drug use and possession is up 12.3% from last year and 15 to 19 year olds are the largest cohort for crimes against the person.
In the category of possession of methylamphetamine (ICE) offences are up 16% for the last 12 months and 132.2% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government.
The over representation of the 15 to 19 year old cohort in violent crimes against the person and its relationship with the increase in drug use and possession is a public policy area that requires urgent attention. If we don’t take urgent remedial action now, this 15 to 19 year old cohort will become more hardened and violent criminals in later years.
The Andrews Labor Government’s failure to address this generational issue puts the lives and safety of Victorians at risk.
The latest Crime Statistics Agency figures also show that weapons and explosives offences are up 5.9% for this reporting period and are now up 15.8% since the election of the Andrews Labor Government. Crime rates are now up 11.6% under the Andrews Labor Government and its clear their approach to violent crime, youth gangs and drugs are not working.
David Southwick MP
Shadow Minister for Police, Community Safety & Corrections