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City crime increases

12 Jun 2012

Victoria Police has released crime statistics that show an increase in total crime in the Melbourne Police Service Area.

The rise has been largely attributed to an increase in drug offences uncovered by police operations in the inner city area. On the My Place website Inspector Bernie Jackson and Inspector Paul Ross said there had been an increase in robbery offences.

“We have been monitoring this for some time and in early May we launched Operation Northbank which consists of experienced plain clothes officers specifically targeting robbery,” the website said.

In his comments on the state-wide statistics, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay also pointed to Operation Northbank as an example of what Victoria Police was doing to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

“Only last month we launched Operation Northbank, working hand in hand with our Safe Streets taskforce and Transit police on Friday and Saturday nights when a large number of youths come into the city and hang around major transport hubs,” Mr Lay said.

“Some are coming to cause trouble and to prey on others.”

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