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Colac Crime Increases

Colac Crime Increases

The Colac Otway Region Records A Crime Increase Despite Lockdown Restrictions

Authorities have released the latest crime figures for the last 12 months to June, indicating an increase in offences in the Colac Otway region despite the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent restrictions.

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Around 1,700 criminal offences have been reported by the Crime Statistics Agency from June 2019 across areas including Colac, Birregurra and Winchelsea, which all reported increase in crime.

This figure is up 11 per-cent across the region from 2018/19, the increase was mostly seen in Colac while coastal towns such as Lorne and Apollo Bay saw a relatively moderate decrease, most likely to less travel to those areas.

Breaching family violence orders, theft and criminal damages were among the most reported offences in the Colac Otway region.

There's cause for concern with reports of family violence in the region still rating above much of the rest of the state, particularly neighboring shires including Corangamite and Golden Plains.

The Corangamite and Colac-Otway region recorded the highest rate of breaches for any holiday destination and one in five of all offences occurred over the Easter long weekend.

Understandably, public health and safety breaches, which includes COVID-breach offences, went through the roof in the 12 months recorded, with 86 offences reported compared to just three on the agency's previous report.

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