Why it Matters
It is time to change the way we do things when it comes to law and order, policing and sentencing. Crimes are escalating, our prison systems are over-burdened and little in the way of real solutions is being put forward. Just saying we need to be “tough on crime” is not enough.
I have never before felt as unsafe in my own suburb as I do now. I am even careful driving alone at night. After speaking to many constituents, I know that I am not alone in my concerns.
It is time to think outside the box and overhaul our entire system and way of thinking.
I propose the introduction of New York City-style policing concepts that transformed one of the most crime-laden cities into one of the safest cities to live and work in or to visit. In Victoria this would involve:
- A shift towards a no-tolerance approach to many crimes
- Smarter and more coordinated policing efforts, including the use of crime-mapping software
- Coordinating efforts across agencies which interact with the Police such as child protection
- Improving services for Victims of Crime to ensure they are proactively supported to access compensation, counselling and advice and to navigate the justice system which many victims find confusing and distressing.
I have visited the NYPD and they are willing to assist us here in Victoria.
What I’ve Done
I have lost count of how many times I have brought the ever increasing issues with law and order in the West to the attention of Parliament.
Most recently, I brought to the attention of the house the escalating crime statistics for Wyndham, when compared to the previous 12 months:
- Sexual Offences up by 32%,
- Aggravated Robberies up by 27%,
- Common Assault up by 21%,
- Threatening Behaviour up by 52%
Data derived from: Crime Statistics Agency
I brought up the following motion on Law and Order for debate late last year:
Unfortunately, both major parties voted against this motion, choosing instead to politicise a sensible course of action to make our communities safe again.