Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell hits out at crime statistics

THE State Government's soft approach to Victoria’s law and order crisis is also being felt in regional areas, according to Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell.

She said crime rates in Warrnambool sky rocketed 20.2 percent in just one year.

Mrs Britnell said the figures from the Crime Statistics Agency showed Premier Daniel Andrews’ approach was not just a problem for Melbourne.

“We are not immune to it, these figures clearly show that,” Mrs Britnell said.

“We’ve seen big jumps in serious crimes in Warrnambool over the past year. It’s very worrying, the basic function of government is to keep people safe and this Labor government is failing to do that.

“People have the right to feel safe in their homes and communities. Daniel Andrews and Labor cannot continue to ignore this crime wave which is sweeping the state.”

Mrs Britnell said it was worrying to see big jumps in serious crimes reported in the Warrnambool area over the past year.

“Our police already do a fantastic job, but the premier must ensure they are properly resourced to ensure they can continue to do their jobs effectively in the face of rising crime.”

Similar trends were recorded in the Southern Grampians, Glenelg, Moyne and Corangamite shires.

Victoria's police minister Lisa Neville said there was a long way to go before people could feel "safe in their homes" after a surge in violent home invasions.

Home invasions have increased by a massive 40 per cent, with Victoria's crime rate rising by 10.2 per cent.

"I'm not trying to sugar coat this, we want to bring (the crime rate) down,” Ms Neville said.