Heidi Victoria MP

Hon Heidi Victoria MLA

Member for Bayswater District

  • Shadow Minister for Arts and Culture
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events
  • Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs

Bayswater MP Heidi Victoria says the latest crime statistics prove the outer east is being neglected by the Andrews Labor Government, with many Knox suburbs having amongst Victoria’s largest total crime increases over the 3 years since the election.

There is 51.6% more crime in The Basin, 45.7% more in Boronia, 31.3% more in Wantirna, and 7.6% more in Bayswater than there was in December 2014. Crime is up 19.5% across Knox.

The Basin is one of the worst results in the state. The Basin result is pushed by a truly deplorable 181% jump in drug crime. Assaults are up 93.8%, 47.6% of which was in the last year. Theft is also up 41.9%.

Boronia has also seen one of the state’s worst results. It saw 1653 crimes in 2014, but 2409 in the last year. ‘Other crimes against the person’ are up an outrageous 178.6% since Daniel Andrews was elected, and 66% of that was in the last year. Drug possession is up a crazy 151.8%, drug crime is up 114.9%, weapons offences are up 63.4% (28.9% in the year), deception is up 56.6% and theft is up 46.2%.

Wantirna too, is right up amongst the worst increases. Drug dealing is up a jaw-dropping 750% in Wantirna since Labor’s election. General drug crime has more than quadrupled, up 331.8%. Robbery and weapons crimes have more than doubled, increasing 150% and 125% (68.8% in the year) respectively. Assaults are up 47.2% and property damage is up 40%.

In Bayswater, drug possession is up 68.9%, and ‘other crimes against the person’ are up 55.2%. Drug crime is up 54.5%, having leapt 71.4% in the last year, and weapons offences are up 53.3%, having jumped 67.3% in the year.

Ms Heidi Victoria said the latest figures continued to be completely unacceptable.

“Figures like the 51.6% increase in The Basin and 750% in drug dealing are unprecedented in Victoria’s history. They are outrageous.”

“Our justice system remains in crisis under Premier Andrews due to a lack of effort. Things need to change, which is why the Liberals have listed our first 30 solutions at makevictoriasafe.org.au.”

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Heidi Victoria

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BAYSWATER VIC 3153

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