Police station closures a crime against public safety

A surge in the number of South Australians violently assaulted in 2015 highlights the importance of maintaining a strong network of local police stations as a safe refuge. 

Today’s data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows an 8 per cent rise the number of assaults in South Australia and a 15 per cent rise in the number of women impacted by family and domestic violence.

“A police station is often the first place a victim of violent assault looks for and the Weatherill Government’s dramatic reduction in the operating hours of Adelaide’s police stations will deny victims of violent assault that refuge when it is needed most,” said Shadow Attorney General Vickie Chapman.

“As a first step the Weatherill Government needs to establish a 24 hour 7 day a week police station at the Grenfell St Police Station.

“It is outrageous to expect young mothers with children to venture into Hindley Street to seek police assistance in the middle of the night.

“The last place a victim of violence should be asked to go to seek refuge is a street notorious for violence, drug abuse and crime.

“An integrated network of properly staffed police stations is an essential element in protecting the public and building community spirit.

“The savage reduction in the operating hours of police stations and the news the Weatherill Government’s promise to recruit 313 additional officers has now been pushed back to 2020 highlights Labor’s failure in public safety issues.”

ABS figures show in 2015:

SA - Victims of assault increased by 7.9% from 16,005 in 2014 to 17,270 in 2015.
SA - Victims of sexual assault increased from 1,545 in 2014 to 1,590 in 2015.
SA Victims of assault inside the home increased by 13% from 8,491 in 2014 to 9,596 in 2015.
SA Victims of Family and Domestic Violence increased by 15% from 6,727 in 2014 to 7,740 in 2015.