Police clamp down on violence

BENDIGO police have clamped down on people who breach intervention orders, statistics released by Victoria Police show. 

The statistics compare the 12 months to December 2013 with the 12 months to December 2012.

Acting Inspector Paul Gardiner said other crimes, which included breaches of intervention orders, were up by 26 per cent in Bendigo. 

"That increase is because we are actively seeking to charge people who breach intervention orders," he said. 

Senior Sergeant Craig Gaffee said in recent years police had sought to crack down on family violence.

"Victims of family violence are more willing to come forward to police," he said. 

"And often we seek on behalf of a victim, an intervention order against the perpetrator of that family violence.

"Sometimes offenders breach that order and we are active in prosecuting anyone who does that."

There has also been a 70.3 per cent increase in drug offences in Bendigo.

Senior Sergeant Gaffee said drugs were a continued focus for police. 

"That increase is because we are receiving more information from the community in relation to drugs," he said. 

"So we are able to conduct operations to target offenders."

Senior Sergeant Gaffee said people were more aware of the effects that the drug 'ice' had on the community, following forums in Bendigo last year. 

The overall recorded crime rate across the state has increased by 1.2 per cent, measured as a rate per 100,000 of the population which is standard across Australia. The total number of offences recorded is up by 3.1 per cent (up 12,607 offences to a total of 420,719 offences).

Crime against the person has increased by 0.6 per cent. This is mostly due to an increase in the rate of assaults, up 1.4 per cent. Robbery is down 15.4 per cent, and assault excluding family violence is down 2.9 per cent.

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