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Family violence key in Vic crime spike

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Angus Livingston and Luke Costin

Family violence, home invasions and car thefts have contributed to a rise in crime across Victoria that the opposition is calling a "crime tsunami".

The state's offence rate rose 11.2 per cent in 2015/16 to 8852 incidents per 100,000 people, Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency said on Thursday.

Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Crisp said family violence was involved in most reported assaults.

"Family violence is still driving a lot of the state's crime," he told reporters.

"For the first time we've seen family violence assaults outstrip non-family violence assaults."

The rise in family violence incidents comes off the back of a royal commission the state held into the issue, and a police focus on it.

"We've seen 44 people die as a result of family violence, seven of those were 10 and under," Police Minister Lisa Neville told reporters on Thursday.

There were 78,012 family-related incidents recorded in 2015/16, up 10 per cent compared to the corresponding time last year.

Along with a rise in car thefts, offences involving stolen licence plates have also increased to around 18,000, forcing police to look internationally for solutions.

"Those number plates are also being used to commit other crimes," Ms Neville said.

Fewer youths had committed crimes but there were more repeat offenders, including members of the Apex gang in southeastern Melbourne.

"We have got youth crime issues and those criminals often form groups of gangs and Apex is just one of those," Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said.

Victoria has recently recorded several high-profile home invasions and thefts of luxury cars, mainly committed by young people.

The yearly rise in crime to the end of June is bigger than the combined 10.2 per cent increase recorded for the previous three annual surveys.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy said, "This isn't a crime wave. This is a crime tsunami.

"Make no mistake, these crime statistics are the result of (Premier) Daniel Andrews' cuts to police, closing of police stations and weakening of bail laws," the Liberal leader said.

But Mr Andrews rejected his analysis.

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