Increase in drug offences

Drug offences and family violence continue to be major areas of concern for Baw Baw police with statistics in both areas showing significant increases over the past three years.

Drug dealing and trafficking offences have doubled in the past 12 months, jumping from 42 in 2013 to 85 in 2014.

In the three year period from 2012 to 2014, total drug offences for Baw Baw increased 95 per cent, jumping from 146 to 285 offences.

Family violence crimes also have increased significantly, jumping from 453 in 2012 to 605 in 2014, showing a 33 per cent increase over the three year period.

The statistics, released for the first time last week by the Crime Statistics Agency instead of Victoria Police, showed an 18.4 per cent increase in crime, which was identified as "stable."

Baw Baw police services area inspector Chris Major said as the population continued to increase in the area, so did the crime.

"A significant amount of our increased statistics is through detection and that's evident in the areas of drug related crime.

Mr Major said police focussed their efforts according to community concerns.

He said loved ones and friends were concerned about their family and friends being caught in the drug web.


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