Melbourne considered being the world’s number one livable is gradually changing to be the ‘crime city’ with the rise of the crime in past three years.
Known for education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport, with many tourists visited city, Melbourne has its own charm for catering people from all walks. Though the city has sustained its culture, with inflow of the students, businessmen across the globe Melbourne has got the Cosmopolitan city tag line. Getting those good feathers, on the other side it has also adversely affected with increasing number of crimes which is now an emerging concern.
The crime index suggests that safety index of the city has been reduced to 63.82% and the crime index is pacing up to 36.68%. The rise of crime in past three years is 56.69%. In 2015, 33,334 offences were reported and majority of them were house thefts.
Though the numbers are not at high comparing it other metropolitan cities of the world, Melbourne in recent years is turning to be the heaven for drug dealers with people using or dealing drugs is 51.14%. The reasons for drug consumption were work stress, disturbed family lives and many more. The drug peddlers and the drug users were involved in 55% of overall crime. The factor that is disrupting the image of Melbourne is the racist attacks have increased by 25.95% and the reasons are the differences in ethnicity and cultures. In 2015, a large group of Asian continent had come out of Australia following to a racist attack on an Indian student.
The native residents of Melbourne are being worried of the car stealing, vandalism, armed robbery and assaults for money which is occupying the major portion of the crime statistics. The robbery during the night of lonely walking people is being a growing concern for the residents of Melbourne, especially women. A report indicates that the safety walking alone during day is 83.18% while during the night it depreciates to 51.80%.
Police have also encouraged the residents and businessmen to install CCTV cameras, and Security Camera in the locality and adapting new technology they have connected those cameras to police network. Though these Melbourne CCTV Installation cameras have helped in detecting crime, there have been no measures taken by Victoria police to prevent crimes.
The domestic violence is also one of the growing concerns and shockingly it is educated society that is being under the radar at most of the times. With less time and space for the family and work stress, the numbers are increasing every year. Graham Ashton AM, Chief Commissioner of Victoria police says, “We are evaluating family violence team arrangements to establish best practice structures and functions and measure their effectiveness and efficiency, including responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
The analysis part of the crime statistics says that the crime rates have started going up the table since 2010, following global economic crisis. In wake the situation, Victoria police have adapted to community policing to ensure city’s safety. Alarm Systems The cops have been encouraging stronger connections between community members, police, traders, licensees, residents within the 38 precincts of Melbourne. Steps have been taken to create community neighbourhood responses to community safety and security concerns.
Noticing the violent attacks on women, the Victoria police in Melbourne launched Go4Zero campaign aiming to give a public voice to our shared rejection of violence in any form - and violence against women in particular.
However, the Melbourne residents still believe that things can be changed provided there is commitment of police force and with the support of public.