Crime on the increase

The latest statistics have revealed a dramatic increase of crime in Ocean Grove.

Ocean Grove recorded 558 crimes this year compared to 403 last year according to the Crime Statistics Agency, an increase of 38.5 per cent.

Property damage, theft and assault were the main categories that showed a huge increase.

Assault jumped to 48 charges compared to 25 last year, property damage went from 43 to 110 and theft went from 129 to 184.

Barwon Heads recorded a 8.4% increase, up to 167 crimes from 154 last year.

Property damage (up four from 18) and theft (up 10 from 63) were the two main categories to increase.

Drysdale recorded a 31.2 per cent increase with drug use and possession, weapons and breaches or orders contributing to the rise.

Clifton Springs recorded a 7.1 per cent jump.

Portarlington bucked the trend with a decrease of 17.6%. Breaches of orders were well down although burglary and break-ins were well up from 18 to 50.

St Leonards also recorded a decrease (7%) with theft and burglary well down on last year.

Point Lonsdale was up from 22 reports to 40 with property damage the main culprit.

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