In Parliament

Constituency Question - Brighton Crime



Thursday, 9 February 2023.

Mr NEWBURY (Brighton) (14:45):

My constituency question is to the Premier, and I ask: when will the Premier admit he got it wrong about crime in my community and permanently commit to increasing local police services?

Victoria Police has confirmed the depth of the crime problem, recently uncovering that 324 vehicles have been stolen across four months during aggravated burglaries in homes across local municipalities.

A Hampton resident recently had both of their cars stolen, another’s young daughter was assaulted during a burglary and in Brighton one woman has had two cars stolen in six months.

We also know that September data shows an almost 30 per cent increase in home invasions in Brighton, with 157 incidents in the last financial year.

There have been so many callouts to Kinane Street, which is split by a train line, that the state government has formally requested the street name be changed for ease of emergency services access – another confirmation that there is a problem.

The Premier got it wrong by denying crime was happening in my community, and now he should do something about it.