Assaults rise to exceptionally high level

WANGARATTA’S top policeman is concerned about the “exceptionally high level of assaults” happening across the region.

Police statistics released today show a three per cent rise in assaults, with 485 offences committed in the 12 months to March 31 across the Wangaratta Police Service Area (PSA), which includes the Rural City of Wangaratta, plus Alpine and Moira shires.

Wangaratta PSA commander, Inspector David Ryan, said more community focus is required for family violence, which had a 17.6 per cent rise alone.

Total crime dropped 1.4 per cent, including a 48.7 per cent reduction in car thefts from the previous year.

But residential burglaries were up 32 per cent to 194.

A full analysis of Wangaratta’s crime statistics will be in Friday’s Chronicle.

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