Over the past six months there have been robberies of shops, cars, houses and most recently this resulted in the physical abuse of a young mum in the area. Myself and my neighbours have been woken to this numerous times in our street alone, catching one, while others got away. The first time, two constables were luckily around the corner and were able to catch the young man, all other incidences they were over an hour away from getting to us as they are spread across the Bellarine and the Surfcoast Shire. After speaking with the police officers, they had mentioned that this is only going to get worse due to the Drysdale police station's hours being cut down.
I am worried about the safety of myself, my husband who gets up to catch these criminals, the safety of my children, and those in the community. It started with cars on the nature strips, then cars in the driveway, to shops and businesses, now they are coming into our backyards, attacking people, what next? Our homes and our children? In broad daylight? Something needs to be done to stop this, something needs to be done to keep the police as close as possible. For those of you who think the police can't do anything anyway, let me tell you this; the 15 year old boy on drugs/alcohol the night we caught him was crying more than my two year old does, and he has not been back since. If they know they will be caught, and in trouble with the authorities and their parents, at the very least it will make them think twice about doing it again!
I will be forwarding this on to our local member or parliament Lisa Neville and requesting to sit down with the police officer in charge of Drysdale police station, and the parliament member her self. I have had enough of this, and if you have too, sign this petition and pass it on to your friends!
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