Mildura crime rate rises

Mildura police Superintendent John O’Connor says there are positives to be found in police work in Mildura, including stopping crime related to family violence, drugs and public behaviour.
Mildura police Superintendent John O’Connor says there are positives to be found in police work in Mildura, including stopping crime related to family violence, drugs and public behaviour.

MILDURA’s crime rate has increased by 13.5 per cent in the latest quarterly report compared to a 2 per cent rise across Victoria.

In the 12 months to March 31, Mildura recorded 9,865 criminal incidents per 100,000 people, according to the Crime Statistics Agency.

However, police Superintendent John O’Connor said a number of measures, designed to increase community safety, had a positive effect on catching and detecting offenders.

“When you look at the overall numbers people may think there’s a really significant crime issue up here, but there’s some really pleasing data including that our drug enforcement has doubled in the last 12 months,” Supt O’Connor said.

“In Mildura, breaching family violence orders and bail has significantly increased, which shows the police’s focus and zero tolerance in regards to people breaching those orders.”

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