Geelong and Surf Coast crimes up police numbers down

Andrew Katos MLA, Member for South Barwon raised concerns in Parliament this week about the alarming increase in crime rates in the electorate of South Barwon following the release of the crime rate statistics.

Across the postcodes within the electorate crime rose on average by 9.4 per cent, that was more than double the state average.

Even more alarmingly, in the 3228 postcode comprising Torquay, Jan Juc and Bellbrae, the crime rate jumped by 35.6 per cent.

In Armstrong Creek the crime rate rose by 25.6 per cent.

Despite these rises in crime rates, the Andrews Labor government has not committed to a single new police officer in the South Barwon electorate between now and 2018.

Quotes attributable to the Andrew Katos MP – Member for South Barwon

“Daniel Andrews needs to explain why his government is neglecting the Geelong and Surf Coast community.

“The previous Napthine government funded the brand‑new police station in Waurn Ponds that incorporates the South Barwon State Emergency Service (SES) office. Over 1900 new officers were recruited around the state.

“The Andrews Labor government has only committed to 15 additional police in the Geelong region for the next four years. All of these officers will go to the Bellarine with none to Geelong or the Surf Coast.”

“This is not sufficient police resources to keep up with attrition let alone service the growth areas such as Armstrong Creek in the South Barwon electorate.”