Monday 26 November, 2018
More police resources are urgently needed to keep the communities around Caboolture and Woodford safe, LNP Shadow Police Minister Trevor Watts warned today.
Mr Watts said latest figures showed a staggering increase in crime across the Moreton police region since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.
“Serious assault has skyrocketed by 85 per cent, common assaults are up 42 per cent and breaches of domestic violence orders are up 59 per cent,” Mr Watts said.
“There has been a recent spike in the number of break-ins across Caboolture, Woodford, Wamuran and D’Aguilar in particular.
“Our local police are doing the best they can, despite Labor’s callous $44.6 million cut to the Queensland police budget and the Premier’s failed election promise to deliver 535 additional police officers across Queensland.
“There is only so much the local police can do without more money in the budget and more police on the beat.
“Labor’s embattled Police Minister has abdicated his responsibility to keep Queenslanders safe.”
LNP Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said a lack of police resources in communities of the Glass House Electorate, posed a great risk to communities like Wamuran.
“When it comes to policing, Wamuran faces a unique challenge, being isolated from the police service hubs at Caboolture and Woodford,” Mr Powell said.
“A lack of police resources across the region, is putting additional pressure on police response times from Caboolture and Woodford to Wamuran.
“To make matters worse, there has been a spate of criminal activity in our area which is filtering in from North Brisbane.
“Our local police are doing the best they can, but the fact of the matter is, they’re overworked and under resourced.
“It is the right of every resident in communities of the Glass House Electorate to feel safe, which is why many residents are turning to local Neighbourhood Watch groups.
“Our Neighbourhood Watch groups play a vital role in keeping our communities safe.
“However, we need to get serious about crime by cracking down on criminal behaviour, introducing strong sentencing arrangements, and ensuring our frontline police have the resources they need to protect communities of the Glass House Electorate.”
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