Crime figures down

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CRIME Statistics Agency figures released last week show a 6.5 per cent drop in crime on the Mornington Peninsula in the 12 months to June.

Local Area Commander Inspector Janene Denton said while there was “still a lot of work to be done, it is positive to see the number of recorded offences on the peninsula area has started to decrease”.

“Thanks to the hard work of local police we’ve seen significant decreases in aggravated burglaries (25.3 per cent) and residential burglaries (18.8 per cent),” she said.

“We know this type of offending has been a real concern for the community and reducing these types of crimes has been a focus for police.

“We’ll continue to work hard to prevent, deter, investigate and arrest offenders in order to keep people and their homes safe.”

The crime figures released last week indicate that offences across all major crime groups have dropped in the past 12 months.

Crimes against the person were 1487 (1637 last year); property and deception 5901 (6311); drugs 692 (709), and public order 987 (1269).

The only increase was in justice procedures which were up to 1808 from 1691.

Total crimes reported on the peninsula were 10,896 down from 11,684 last year.

In Frankston, reported crimes were 14,790, down from last year’s 15,825.

Crimes against the person were 2278 (last year 2256); property and deception 7446 (8182); drug offences 1059 (1167); and public order 1119 (1304); justice procedures 2861 (2892).

First published in the Western Port News – 25 September 2018

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