5 OCTOBER, 2016
MOORABBIN KINGSTON LEADER
THE public is being urged to voice their concerns about the safety amid increasing rates of violent crime across Kingston and Glen Eira.
Southern Metropolitan Region state Liberal MP Georgie Crozier is hosting a community forum following the latest crime stats showing significant increases in assaults and robberies in the region."The violence and the intensity of that violence is increasing and I think that's the really concerning thing," Ms Crozier said.
"Mothers are concerned about their children's safety we want to be living in a harmonious society."In Kingston Crimes against the person including homicide, robbery and assault increased overall by 13.6 per cent in the 12 month period to June 30 2016.
There was a 17 per cent jump in assaults and an eight per cent spike in robberies in Glen Eira.Ms Crozier said gang related issues, home invasions and carjackings were particularly frightening offences that were occurring too often in the region.
"We know the government has relaxed bail laws and we've been advocating for more police numbers for months and months," she said.The Police Association of Victoria, has said an extra 3300 officers are needed in Victoria by 2022
The union said areas like Glen Eira have a critical shortage of first response officers with just 47 in the region, down two from 2014. It wants 269 in place in Glen Eira by 2022.Bentleigh state Labor MP Nick Staikos said since coming to office less than two years ago, the government had funded 1156 new police personnel.
"This includes 400 Police Custody Officers, the first of whom have been deployed to Moorabbin Police Station," Mr Staikos said."The Government has also introduced laws to the Parliament to establish new offences for carjacking, aggravated carjacking, home invasion, and aggravated home invasion; including minimum non-parole periods."
The forum which will include representation from Victoria Police and opposition spokesman on police Edward O'Donohue will be held at the Bentleigh RSL from 7pm on October 19.
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