Police Priorities - James Macpherson

CRIMINALS have been busy committing crimes while Victorian police have been busy keeping people who have committed no crime locked up in their homes.

Deputy Police Commissioner Rick Nugent yesterday revealed that crime in Dan Andrews’ police state was up significantly on the previous 12 months.

He said there were, on average, 46 “criminal incidents” every hour over the past year. “It’s a lot of incidents,” he told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell.

Aggravated burglaries were up a staggering 23 per cent for the year ending June 2020.

Of course, this is hardly a shock given that police resources have been focused on arresting ordinary citizens who want to live free.

And is it any wonder that crime rates are rising when police spend most of their time ensuring that everyone has their identity concealed with a mask?

Deputy Commissioner Nugent said that youth crime was up almost 9 per cent. He said that more than half of all robberies in Victoria had been committed by “kids aged 10-17”.

This is what happens when you close schools.

But the revelation should have every Victorian wondering: If police can’t control people when they are quarantined at home and subject to an 8pm curfew, what hope when things return to normal?

Nevertheless, it was surprising to hear the Deputy Commissioner talking about youth crime rather than boasting about Victoria Police’s very public and heroic successes against recalcitrant grannies and outspoken pregnant women.

Youth crime might be up, but Facebook posts that Dictator Dan doesn’t like appear to be down. And old ladies are no longer resting on park benches.

Deputy Commissioner Nugent said police had identified 42 gangs responsible for car theft, home invasions and assault.

He said tackling them would be a priority right after police had finished “limiting the spread of the virus”.

“Yesterday saw 20 fines for gatherings,” he said, not in reference to gangs gathering to commit crimes but in reference to law abiding citizens gathering to, you know, talk.

“Nice weather, people start partying again. You do get those kinds of trends,” he warned.

“Like seriously, far too many people have lost their lives (to the virus) and we just need to get on top of that. And then the next most important thing for me is getting this gang strategy right.”

Did you get that? First priority – stop ordinary Victorians from partying. Then police will get around to figuring out a strategy for dealing with criminal gangs.

One strategy could be a zero-tolerance policy enforced by overwhelming numbers of police in riot gear.

It seems to have worked against law abiding citizens.

James Macpherson is a sought after international speaker with a background in journalism at the Courier Mail and Daily Telegraph. He previously pastored a significant church in Australia and South Africa. James' weekly Good Sauce podcast comes out every Tuesday. He also writes regularly for The Spectator.

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