Don’t blame police for rise in crime – MP


Peter Abetz has blamed parenting for the crime spike.
Peter Abetz has blamed parenting for the crime spike.

WA is currently going an unseasonal spike in crime, which has risen for the past seven months.

Mr Abetz said he was “sick and tired of people blaming police” for the unusual increase in the crime rate around Perth.

He said police should not be the ones to blame as people have not been taught how to behave.

“If we want to change or avoid certain behaviour, we have to go back to the beginning: childhood,” he said.

“We can’t expect police to rectify the results of poor parenting or misfortune or to prevent crimes committed by alcohol and/or drug-affected young people.”

Mr Abetz said schools struggled to deal with students who came from homes where they had not been taught to respect people and property.

“It’s time we came to grips with the fact that it is a person’s belief system that shapes their values and their values determine how they behave,” he said.

“It is not the duty of the police to shape our belief systems. That responsibility lies with parents and educators.

“Certainly, the media also plays a part.

“And therein lies the blame; not with the police.

“Their job is law enforcement. They can’t stop people being idiots or crooks.”