23 June, 2016
My request is to the Minister for Police, and that request is for her to allocate additional police to the Warrandyte police station. I have raised this matter on a number of occasions on behalf of my community in the Parliament, by correspondence and through the petitioning of over 1000 local residents, yet this soft-on-crime Labor government will not listen. The latest crime statistics released just last week show an increase in crime of 10.9 per cent in the City of Manningham. This comes on top of this government's closure of police stations throughout the state, a reduction of police numbers and a rise in statewide crime of 12.4 per cent from this time last year. Although the minister seemed able to direct 10 extra police officers to her own electorate, it is clear that the minister is playing politics in refusing to allocate police to electorates that desperately need them.
This issue is far too important to play games with. In recent weeks we have had two more break-ins to local businesses, with Thyme on the Terrace and the Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar the latest to suffer from this rise in crime. This comes after other break-ins at Cocoa Moon Cafe and Quinton's Supa IGA. These crimes are affecting real people who are working hard in Warrandyte to make a living with businesses that add to the fabric of the community. Local police are doing the best they can and are supported by Warrandyte residents, but they simply do not have the resources to deal with this escalating crime. The minister should stop playing politics, acknowledge the communities that need added protection from rising crime and send more police to Warrandyte.