AN increase in burglaries and the theft of vehicles has prompted the Southern Grampians/Glenelg acting police inspector to call for community support.
Acting Inspector Stephen Thompson told the Victoria Police website that policing was a partnership with the community.
“Co-operation among all of us is essential. By working together we can contribute to provide a safe environment for everybody,” he said.
Statistics show a 122.6 per cent rise in motor vehicle thefts and a 42.6 per cent jump in commercial burglaries compared to the previous 12 months.
“This increase is the result of a small number of young offenders who committed these crimes over a relative short period,” he said. He also revealed that police had arrested and charged the alleged offenders in recent weeks.
Acting Inspector Thompson said there had been a drop in other crimes, with the exception of drug crime which had jumped 8.9 per cent.
“Our focus continues to be on crimes against the person (assaults), especially family violence and alcohol-fuelled violence. Alcohol misuse and abuse is a great cause of concern and contributes to most anti-social crimes including property damage, assaults and public order offences.”
Acting Inspector Thompson said police had been active in licensing enforcement ensuring hotels, sporting clubs and nightclubs were serving alcohol responsibly.
“We also continually receive support from Task Force Razon to target particular problem licensed premises as well as pursuing action through the Licensing Commission,” he said.
The police boss said that police were making good inroads towards reducing road trauma. Officers would ramp up the enforcement arm through the Safe South West Task Force.
“We will be working longer shifts into the early hours of the morning with mobile breathalysers to prevent and detect high risk drink and drug drivers,” Acting Inspector Thompson said.