Top cop left disappointed with Ballarat’s crime rise

April 8, 2024 9:30 am in by
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Ballarat’s top cop says he was disappointed to see a rise in criminal incidents across Ballarat to the end of 2023.

Data from the Crime Statistics Agency shows a rise of close to 9% with stealing from a motor vehicle still the number one offence.

Acting Superintendent, Ben Young, says any rises can be disappointing, given the significant work police members do.

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“Our members are out there patrolling 24/7 to detect and deter crime, so when we do see those rises, it can be concerning,” he said.

“I think it’s important to look at the fact that it is a gradual rise as we move back to those pre-pandemic levels.”