A Zero Tolerance Approach to all Crimes
Nationals Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, has delivered a strong message of zero tolerance to those with intent to steal fuel.
Mr Crisp applauded today’s announcement by the Liberal National Coalition that fuel drive-offs would be treated as a criminal matter under a Coalition Government from 1 July 2019.
“Stealing petrol is a crime,” Mr Crisp said.
“The Liberal-Nationals are determined to see a sense of safety returned to our communities, and treating fuel drive-offs as a criminal matter is another step in the right direction.
Victorians will have a very clear choice at the next election of more of the softly-softly approach on law and order from the Premier for Melbourne Daniel Andrews, or a real crack down on violent crime and assault in our communities.”
The key points of the Liberal-Nationals policy announced today include:
Work with Victoria Police so that all fuel drive-offs with non-innocent, criminal intent will be treated as criminal theft offences and not as civil matters.
Work with Victoria Police to recommit to the presumption that all fuel drive-offs are initially investigated as criminal offences
A “zero-tolerance” investigatory and enforcement regime to be established
A Victoria Police centrally administered fuel drive-off/theft online reporting system to be developed and introduced
Introduction of a new specific Victoria offence code, to the Crimes Act 1958 offence of theft, detailing “fuel drive-off”
The establishment of an improved information sharing interface system or virtual “stolen plate clearing house” between Victoria Police and VicRoads
Work with industry to continue to implement improved security and video surveillance measures
The establishment of a taskforce to oversee the implementation and ongoing effectiveness of these reforms.
Mr Crisp said the Liberal-Nationals policy announcement today is another step in delivering long overdue legislative reform to address crime rates in the Mildura electorate and restore honesty and respect to our rural communities.