It was revealed in Estimates Hearings that some crimes are not worth pursuing. It is a damning indictment on the Barr government that it is forcing police to effectively make decisions about which crimes to attend to because resources are scarce, Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services Giulia Jones said today.
“It has been brought to my attention that a number of petrol stations in Canberra have incurred damage to their business as a result of petrol thieves. Businesses are losing significant revenue from petrol drive offs,” Mrs Jones.
“It is clear that ACT Policing needs more support from the Barr government. But what would you expect from a government that has a terrible record on allocation of resources and funding for police?” Mrs Jones said.
“Minister Gentleman should be angry about how motor traders are suffering and empower police to respond properly to this injustice.
“It is incredibly sad that the head of an organisation whose sole purpose is to keep Canberra safe and orderly is forced to concede that some crimes are not worth pursuing within the community.
“This sends the message to business owners and members of the community that they are on their own if they become victim to a crime not deemed worthy of pursuing.
“I urge Andrew Barr to empower local police with the same sort of enthusiasm that he has devoted to his pet projects,” Mrs Jones concluded.