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Victoria’s crime figures: Theft, family violence and weapons offences on the rise

Neil Mitchell

The latest crime figures reveal a 12.4 per cent increase in offences for the year ending March 31.

Family violence helped drive the spike, and there has also been significant increase in weapons and explosive offences and theft offences.

The greater Dandenong area recorded a 24 per cent rise in crime, as one of the hot spots of the Apex gang.

‘There’s a lot of activity happening in that area,’ Deputy Commissioner for Regional Operations Andrew Crisp told Neil Mitchell.

He conceded police ‘weren’t happy’ with the results and there was more work to be done.

Key points from the latest statistics:

  • Weapons and explosives offences were up 18.5 per cent
  • Family incidents increased across the state by 10.2 per cent
  • Data shows one in every three recorded offences in Victoria are theft related

Melbourne’s CBD has the highest offence rates in the state but figures show it’s down 2.7 per cent.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle told Neil Mitchell there’s still work to do to drive that figure down.  

‘It’s hard to be pleased, even though its trending down, but we still have levels of crime that I think people find unacceptable,’ he said.

Listen below for the full break down of the data:

Neil Mitchell