New figures released today by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show the six-year crime trend that started in 2011 has been turned around, with people in Wyndham experiencing a decline in crime rates for the past 12 months.

Wyndham Members of Parliament Tim Pallas, Jill Hennessy and Telmo Languiller said the investment in 3135 new police – the biggest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history and funded by the Andrews Labor Government – is having an impact on the ground. Crime in the Wyndham local government area is down by 10.2 per cent.

In the year to March 2018, break and enter/burglaries offence rate is down by 30 per cent in Wyndham.

In the year to March 2018, drug dealing and trafficking offence rate is down by 21.4 per cent.

In fact, crime has dropped across Victoria, with 68 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas experiencing decreases in recorded offence rates from the previous 12 months – with a 9.5 per cent decrease in the crime rate.

Despite these community safety gains, family violence remains one of the most significant issues facing the Victorian community with demand for services and support continuing to increase.

That’s why the Labor Government is deploying family violence police specialists to communities across Victoria to help tackle family violence.

Following the unprecedented $2 billion in Victoria Police to deliver the biggest recruitment drive in its history – the Westgate Division will receive 83 new police as part of the 825 scheduled to graduate from the academy over the next 12 months.

This year’s Community Safety Statement builds on the record police investment with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville
 “While these are promising figures there is always more to be done to drive down crime further – that’s why we’re making record investments to give police the resources, powers and equipment they need to keep us safe.”  

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“The independent crime statistics released today highlight the relentless work police are doing – day in, day out – to keep people in Wyndham safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy
“Local police in Wyndham are working hard to tackle criminal offences, which we can see reflected in these latest statistics.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller
“More police in our community means more police patrolling the streets and more police employed in specialist roles to prevent crime and prosecute offenders – with more to come over the coming years.”