Review of Melbourne’s CCTV in light of Jill Meagher’s murder

The review by Ted Baillieu, The Victorian Premier, into the state’s CCTV network is long overdue. Victim Support Organizations have for many years been lobbying for more CCTV, particularly in high public areas, with little response to date. According to police the CCTV footage provided by an independent bridal shop capturing Jill’s movements along Sydney…

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Victims of Crime: Bad things do happen to good people, and all too often.

All Australians going out tonight should be concerned in the light of Ms Meagher tragic murder. For journalists and others to suggest that crime statistics do not support people’s fears, citing that the country’s homicide rate is at historical lows, is nonsense. I suggest that these individual’s should be citing these figures to the family…

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News for Victims of Crime: More CCTVs for Melbourne

Robert Doyle, Melbourne Lord Mayor, said that he would be very happy to look at putting more CCTV (closed circuit television) installed and called CCTV one of the “great weapons for city safety”. Melbourne City Council currently has fifty-three fixed cameras and two mobile camera vans which are monitored constantly at a central security hub.…

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Victims of Violent Crime – China

Further financial support to victims of violent crimes was pledged this month, September 2012, by China to help stem the trauma resulting from such criminal offences. Each year in China there are some three million victims of crimes which may now be able to benefit from the program. The program targets those who have been seriously injured or the relatives of those killed in violent crimes. It is recognized that those who commit violent crimes do not have the means to compensate the victims or their families who often face serious economic difficulties after losing a bread winner due to physical and/or psychological injury. Financial awards made to victims are usually equivalent to thirty-six-months their average salary  which comes from government financial departments. We…

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News for Victims of Crime: Addressing Violence – Cranbourne Secondary College

Cranbourne Secondary College has developed a Proactive and Preventative Program to tackle violence and anti-social behaviour. The program involves regular interactive classes exposing students to the consequences of violence and covering issues students may come into contact with and the aim being to present issues in a positive manner. Regular visits to the school by…

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Protecting Society from Violent Criminals

Attorney-General, Greg Smith, of the NSW government has proposal legislation to keep violent prisoners who show no signs of rehabilitation in jail beyond their imposed sentence. He said that the changes were about protecting the community from the ”worst of the worst”. Howard Brown, spokesman for the Victims of Crime Assistance League, praised the legislation…

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Nightclub Violence – Melbourne CBD

John Elliott, a candidate for the City of Melbourne, has proposed the introduction of a 1.00 am common closure for Melbourne Nightclubs to curb violence. Others believe that the current problems associated with street violence will be exacerbated by such a measure and which have been previously trialled in Australia with little success. On a Friday…

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News for Victims of Crime: Melbourne Crime Rate 2011 -2012

Melbourne’s CBD crime rate in is more than double that of any other place in Victoria. The City of Yarra, including Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Richmond, comes in second. The City of Maribyrnong, including Footscray and Yarraville, comes in third. Most common crimes were robbery, assault and theft. Melbourne’s assault rate was about four times…

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Predicting Crime – Computer Program

Police in West Midlands England are using software called Operation Swordfish to predict where crimes such as burglaries are likely to occur. The software works on the premise that criminals who commits burglaries often target the same area again shortly after the first incident. Research from the Institute of Crime Science indicates that the neighbours…

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Crime Compensation for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader, today, 20-09-12, called for the government to retrospectively pay the 300 or so Australian victims of terrorism overseas, such as victims of the Bali bombings, or their families, $75,000 in compensation. In Victoria under the Crime Compensation legislation the family of a murder victim is entitled to up to $100,000 and…

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Aggravated Burglary & Kidnapping – Bendigo Victoria

On Thursday the 20-09-12 just after midnight a twenty-four-year-old was sitting in his parked motor vehicle when two armed assailants entered his vehicle and threatened him with a gun and a knife. The assailants forced the victim drive to an address in Kangaroo Flat when he attempted to unsuccessfully escape. Police shortly afterwards arrested two…

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