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Crime out of control

Walsh calls for answers as rural crime spirals out of control

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is taking aim at the Victorian Government for allowing rural crime to spiral out of control.

Mr Walsh met with farmers last week, who told him they were fed up with losing livestock to theft.

Mr Walsh said it was not the fault of police, but rather the government for its resourcing of police numbers.

“The Nationals are acutely aware of the significant toll livestock and other on-farm theft takes on our farmers – both emotionally and financially,” Mr Walsh said.

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“Our farmers should be enjoying the strong prices we’re currently seeing for livestock – not worrying they’ll be the target of criminals.

“The city-centric Andrews Labor Government must look beyond Melbourne’s tram tracks and take action to help our farmers by combatting rising rural crime.

“The Nationals will keep speaking to our communities in the lead up to the State Election about ways to reduce the risk of on-farm theft.”

Livestock theft in Victoria rose nearly 40 per cent in 2017, compared to the previous year – the highest jump since 2012, according to the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency.

The value of livestock stolen in Victoria is estimated to exceed $1 million.