Latest crime stats reveal biggest drop in more than a decade
Victoria’s crime rate has dropped 4.9 per cent in a year, the biggest decrease in more than a decade.
However, the drop comes off the back of a major spike in 2016.
Victoria Police says it “still has a lot of work to do” keeping the state safe, despite the positive trend.
“It’s a smile, but it’s far from a beaming smile,” deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp told 3AW Mornings.
There’s been fewer burglaries, fewer thefts – particularly car thefts – and thefts from cars.
There’s also been a drop in drug dealing and fewer young offenders.
Assaults are up.
The most alarming spike came in sexual offences.
They are up a whopping 17.9 per cent on last year with 14,564 offences recorded.
Deputy Commissioner Crisp said 25 per cent of those offences occurred more than 10 years ago.
“We’d like to think it’s a community confidence, a victim confidence in being able to report to Victoria Police,” he said.
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