New figures released today by the independent Crime Statistics Agency show the six-year crime trend that started in 2011 has been turned around, with the Hepburn Shire seeing a decline in crime rates for the past 12 months.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said the investment in 3,135 new police – the biggest police recruitment drive in Victoria’s history – funded by the Andrews Labor Government, was starting to have an impact on the ground – with crime in the Hepburn Shire down by 3.7 per cent.

Crime has dropped across Victoria, with 68 of Victoria’s 79 local government areas experiencing decreases in recorded offence rates from the previous 12 months – with a 9.5 per cent decrease in the crime rate.

Despite these community safety gains family violence remains one of the most significant issues facing the Victorian community with demand for services and support continuing to increase.

That’s why the Labor Government is deploying family violence police specialists to communities across Victoria to help tackle family violence.

This year’s Community Safety Statement builds on the record police investment with new laws, more specialist police, equipment and technology to crack down on serious and organised crime.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“The latest crime statistics highlight the relentless work Hepburn Shire police are doing – day in, day out – to keep people in our community safe.”

“More police in our community means more police looking after our neighbourhoods and more police employed in specialist roles to prevent crime and prosecute.”