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[Vic] Crime rate & statistics - Ken Lay

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by Sir Ride Alot, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. At least are roads are safe. Cough.

    Domestic violence drives state crime rate higher, Victoria Police say

    Date August 28, 2013 - 11:19AM Nino Bucci

    Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay. Photo: Penny Stephens

    Family violence continues to drive the state crime rate, with the second consecutive increase in annual offending attributed to a police crackdown on trouble in the home.

    Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said more than a third of all crimes against the person committed in the 2012-13 financial year related to family violence. The number of family violence offences has increased by 21.6 per cent in the past year.

    The annual crime statistics also revealed a 12 per cent increase in drug offences and an 8 per cent leap in assaults.
    The overall crime rate increased by 1.6 per cent, measured as a rate per 100,000 of the population, while crime against property decreased by 5.3 per cent.

    The crime rate in relation to the population has fallen 12 per cent since 2003-04.

    “We don't think we've seen the extent that this horrible crime is having on our community," Mr Lay said.

    "While we know changes to the way police respond to and record family violence incidents, as well as greater community confidence to report these matters, is pushing up these figures, it's alarming that such a high volume of crime is being committed in the home and that people are at risk in their own homes."

    He said that in the past 10 years, family violence related crime against the person had increased by nearly 400 per cent, mainly due to increase an in assaults.

    Police attended almost 61,000 family violence incidents, about 49,000 which resulted in a person being charged.

    About 5000 of the family violence offences related to justice offences, which include breaching court orders.

    When the quarterly crime statistics were released in May, Deputy Commissioner Lucinda Nolan said that the crime against the person rate, excluding family violence, was similar to that of 10 years ago. Those figures revealed that the rate of crime against the person had increased to above 1000 per 100,000 people for the first time in 10 years.

    Mr Lay said the fact the total number of offences had increased by 13,000, and the rate of family violence offending had increased by about 20,000, illustrated the extent of the problem.

    He wore a white ribbon, used to signify the stand against violence towards women, on the left of his name badge during his press conference. Fairfax Media reported in April that Mr Lay predicted family violence incidents would increase by about 25 per cent to above 60,000 in 2012-13.
    "It's insidious. It reaches across all of our data, and we've still got a way to go," Mr Lay said.

    He said it was "impossible" to say if the increase in family violence was entirely due to an increase in reporting, but he suspected it was.

    The rise in crime against the person in the annual statistics was driven by a 12.5 per cent increase in abduction and kidnap offences and a 4.7 per cent jump in homicides.
    Theft of motor vehicles was down by 7.9 per cent, but theft of bicycles was up 9.4 per cent.

    Theft from motor vehicle, property damage and residential burglary offences all fell.

    Mr Lay said police were focused on reducing the use of amphetamine-type stimulants, as these offences had increased. He said these offences mostly involved the use of ice, which was becoming a "significant issue", particularly because of the violence typical among ice addicts.
    He was also concerned that knives, and increasingly firearms, were being used during assaults and that while non family violence assaults were less severe than previously reported, they were becoming more frequent.
    "Drug offences have been enormously problematic for us in the last 12 months," Mr Lay said

    "We know there is a significant increase in the use of ice in the community.

    "We've got a lot of work to do in an around this area."
    He said it was also likely ice addicts were driving some of the increase in family violence offences.

    "I would be very very surprised if that's not the case."
    Mr Lay said that the past two years of increased crime rates, after several years of falls, did not mean Victoria was unsafe.

    "When you look at our state over the past decade, we are a safe state," he said.

    Police Minister Kim Wells said it was inevitable that the largest Victoria Police recruitment in the state’s history, which has delivered about 1200 of 1700 promised officers and 433 of 940 PSOs, would result in increased crime rates.

    "When you put more police on the frontline and PSOs at railway stations you'd expect higher reporting and detection of crime," he said.

    While not directly confirming this suggestion, Mr Lay had said earlier on Wednesday that he suspected increased family violence reporting had driven up the crime rate.

    Opposition police spokeswoman Jacinta Allan said the increase in crime had been caused by cuts in government funding to the police department. The cuts had forced officers to fill desk jobs vacated by sacked public servants, she said.

    "Crime is going up across the board and the Napthine government need to stop hiding behind flimsy excuses and explain to Victorians why their communities are not as safe as they used to be."

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/domestic-violence-drives-state-crime-rate-higher-victoria-police-say-20130828-2sp9n.html#ixzz2dGNzlqBe

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  3. "We attribute a significant part of this to the deployment of additional police on our streets, resulting in more offences being detected," Mr Lay said.

    You would have to suspect that the additional detections are for victimless crimes then, not 'crimes against the person'.
  4. Vicpol = twisted logic

    Ken Lay is just proving what was known about him all along.....who'd have thunk
  5. He has failed the Victorian community. It's that simple.
  6. Then get rid of him.
  7. Won't have too. He will do it to himself.
  8. He's remarkably resilient.
  9. No idea why this was merged. Is it because both threads talk Ken Lay?

    Even though it is two different newspaper articles on two different topics.
  10. There's no doubt he is a fighter but the huge amount of Police resources being wasted on the traffic side of things is starting to show the lack of resources on the real crime side of things.
  11. Ken Lay is playing funny buggers again! Smacks of the trouble Simon Overland made for himself playing fast and loose with crime stats during the lead-up to an election. Ground Hog Day anyone?


    THE Labor Party has slammed Victoria’s police chief over his decision not to release crime statistics three days before the state election.
    Deputy Opposition Leader James Merlino said Chief Commissioner Ken Lay had made a “bad decision” and questioned whether the Government had ordered him to do it.

    “I respect Ken Lay, but this is a bad call. This is a bad call. It’s not in line with Victoria Police internal legal advice,” Mr Merlino said.

    “This is a bad decision and you can only conclude that this is a directive from a desperate Government and a desperate Premier.”



    Premier Denis Napthine welcomed Mr Lay’s decision and said it was not politically motivated.

    “This is a decision made purely by the police. This is not a political decision, but I welcome the decision,” Dr Napthine said.

    The Herald Sun revealed yesterday that Mr Lay had advised both Labor and the Coalition he would delay the release of the next police statistics to December 1, two days after the state election.

    The data had been due out on November 26. Mr Lay said he had planned to release the statistics on the due date, but advice from the Ombudsman changed his mind.

    “(She said) without an independent body to mitigate the risk, it is reasonable and indeed sensible to delay the release of statistics by a few days to avoid any risk of politicisation,” Mr Lay said.

    Mr Lay said he told both parties about the change of date in July.
  12. It's wrong. A scheduled release is not 'politicisation'. The truth is not 'politicisation'. Covering it up is.