- Labor’s softly, softly, slap-on-the-wrist policies send Sunshine Coast crime through the roof
- Robberies, car theft, assaults all soaring under Annastacia Palaszczuk
- Labor’s solution is to slash funding of Neighbourhood Watch by 85%
Recent Queensland police statistics confirm that crime on the Sunshine Coast is out of control under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
The 2016-17 QPS Annual Statistical Review shows that compared to the previous financial year on the Sunshine Coast:
- Robbery is up 51%
- Armed robbery is up 48.1%
- Car theft and hooning (unlawful use of a motor vehicle) is up 17.4%
- Fraud is up 29.8%
- Unlawful entry is up 0.9%
- Assault is up 20.8%
Member for Kawana, Jarrod Bleijie, said his electorate office has been fielding an increasing number of calls from concerned residents worried about escalating crime in our suburbs.
After listing a survey on his Facebook page on Monday about the most significant local issue residents would like raised in State Parliament, Mr Bleijie said over 50% of the 448 respondent’s listed local crime as their number one concern.*
“Every day I hear another story from another fed up or frightened resident fearful of having their car broken into or stolen, or having their home burgled,” Mr Bleijie said.
“My own next door neighbour recently had their home burgled whilst they slept.
“There is no worse feeling than realizing someone has been in, or attempted to break into, your home – it’s a total violation of privacy and security.
“It’s not the Sunshine Coast I grew up in and residents deserve better than to live in fear in their own homes because of Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor’s soft-on-crime approach.”
Mr Bleijie said that since the Palaszczuk Labor government wound back the LNP’s strong criminal gang laws, organized crime groups and drugs have flooded into the community.
“One only has to look at the increased rate of ICE use in our community, which has a direct link to these criminal gang networks. We know when there is increased drug dependency, crime rates go through the roof,” he said.
Mr Bleijie also lashed the Palaszczuk Labor government for its decision to slash funding for Queensland Neighbourhood Watch groups by a massive 85% - from $500,000 a year to just $75,000.
“Under this Labor government we have crime exploding - robbery up 51%, armed robbery up 48% - and Annastacia Palaszczuk’s answer is to cut funding to the very groups in our community who play a major role in crime prevention and detection,” he said.
“These wonderful community-minded residents who make up our Neighbourhood Watch groups volunteer their time to make our community a safer place. They are a vital link between police and communities – we should be doing all we can to boost involvement in our local Neighbourhood watch groups, not destroy them.
“If Annastacia Palaszczuk was serious about reducing crime, she’d immediately reintroduce the LNP’s tough criminal gang laws, act on the ICE epidemic ripping our communities apart, reinstate funding for Neighbourhood Watch, and actually equip our wonderful men and women in blue of the Queensland Police Service with the resources and funding they need to protect our community and our residents.”