VICTORIAN FARMERS… WE NEED YOU!
Are you concerned about farm crime?
Have you been the victim of farm crime?
Have you avoided farm crime by implementing crime prevention measures?
To access the survey, CLICK HERE
We want to:
- understand the extent that crime occurs on farms in rural and regional Victoria
- identify which types of crime are most prevalent and what are the causes
- identify crime prevention measures for Government, police, the courts, individual farmers and farm communities
The survey is anonymous. Participation is voluntary.
We know your time is precious – but the involvement of Victorian farmers is vital in tackling farm crime in this state.
To access the survey, CLICK HERE
This project aims to address the issue of property crime against farms by:
- assessing the demographic profile of both offenders and victims;
- examining the extent and location of farm crime in Victoria;
- considering the effect of farm crime on the economic and social wellbeing of rural and regional communities;
- outlining existing policing practices to confront farm crime;
- analysing alternative policing practices drawing upon research and procedures from other jurisdictions; and
- determining a suite of strategies for the prevention and control of property crime against farms and for the improvement of service delivery.
For all enquiries:
Dr Alistair Harkness
Criminal Justice, Monash University
Tel:(03) 5122 6760
Paper presented by David Baker, Monash University
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference for 2013
Tuesday 1 October 2013 – Brisbane
Abstract of paper:
Despite the precarious nature of the policing of picket-lines, death has occurred rarely throughout Australia’s industrial disputation history. This paper explores three case-studies in which workers, innocent victims, were killed during industrial confrontation as the result of the use of police force, the only occasions when such fatalities have resulted in Australia. This paper highlights the direct policing involvement that led to these deaths, the lack of accountability of police and the deficiencies in the administration of justice. It argues that the three deaths, during a prolonged and bitter era of class warfare, highlights some glaring characteristics of police dysfunction and inadequacies. Although there has been no police-inflicted industrial death since 1929 in Australia, this historical research can stimulate comparative questions and lessons about recent events such as the fatal police shooting of 44 miners at Marikana, South Africa, in 2012.
The Victorian Liberal-National Coalition government has a strong law and order agenda, and the most recent announcement of an expansion of the planned Ravenhall Prison in Melbourne’s West in further confirmation of this. Originally planned as a 500 bed male prison with opportunity for expansion, it will now be built as a 1000 bed prison, and when completed in 2017 will be one of Australia’s largest.
There has been increasing consternation regarding prison overcrowding, with some prison insiders identifying this as a significant issue in a recent ABC report, and with reports of the use of fold-out beds and and the possibility that prisoners might be housed in caravans as possible temporary fixes to the overcrowding issue. Victoria Police has expressed concern about the housing of prisoners in police station cells.
The Victorian Auditor General presented a report to Parliament in November 2012 regarding prison capacity in Victoria, noting that “by 2016 the male and female prison systems will not have sufficient capacity to meet increases in prisoner numbers”.
The key question is, of course, whether building new prisons is the answer to addressing crime in Victoria – or are there smarter ways of making our community safer. Perhaps now is the time to actively consider the benefits of justice reinvestment, an approach adopted in the state of Texas which has actually seen a prison closed.
David Baker will be presenting at the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference in Brisbane at the start of October, presenting a paper of Police, Pickets and Death: Past and Present. David is an internationally renowned expert in the policing of disputes, and has written extensively on the subject including his 2004 book Batons and Blockades: Policing industrial disputes in Australasia.
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Bridget Harris provides an assessment of Marinella Marmo, Willem de Lint and Darren Palmer’s edited collection “Crime and Justice: A Guide to Criminology. Now in its fourth edition, Bridget notes that many criminology students and academics will have an edition of this seminal text on their bookshelves, and that the latest incarnation offers an introduction to various criminological theories, concepts and insights combined with six new chapters.
The Criminal Justice department at Monash University Gippsland has received two Monash University grants.
Scant literature exists generally on rural and regional crime in an Australian context, particularly relating to crime on farms. To address this, the Criminal Justice discipline has been planning significant research in the area of farm crime, a research area also identified by Victoria Police (VicPol) in their research profile as requiring substantial work.
Specifically, VicPol wish to obtain a scholarly and contemporary understanding of the incidence and type of theft occurring on Victorian farms, and obtain a detailed breakdown of livestock and machinery thefts. The most recent, relevant study of the incidence and type of theft from farms (livestock and machinery) occurred in 2001-02 (McCall 2003).
Scott et al (2007) acknowledge the death of literature on rural crime: this project will redress this lack of knowledge, specifically assessing the causal factors associated with farm machinery theft; consider a suite of crime prevention response options available to lessen the incidence of this theft; consider potential improvements to farming education and practice to reduce the incidence of these crimes; and consider world best practice policing response options.
A key, overarching outcome of this project is to develop and contribute enhanced knowledge in the area of farm crime.
McCall, M., (2003) “Results from the 2001-2002 National Farm Crime Survey”, Trends and Issues in crime and criminal justice, no. 266. Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, October.
Scott, J., Hogg, R., Barclay, E., and Donnermeyer, J., (2007) “Introduction” in Barclay, E., and Donnermeyer, J., Scott, J., and Hogg, R., Crime in Rural Australia, Federation Press, Sydney, p. 1. One other Australia text exists, but is of only indirect relevance to the specifics of this application: Hogg, R., and Carrington, K., (2007), Policing the Rural Crisis, Federation Press, Sydney.