Dan Andrews slaps down Bec Judd’s claim that she ‘feels unsafe’ in her $7.3million mansion because the government is ‘doing nothing’ about violent crime
- Daniel Andrews hit back at Rebecca Judd who slammed rates of crime in suburb
- Ms Judd said premier not doing enough to tackle ‘bashings and home invasions’
- Mr Andrews said he was ‘not interested in having an argument with Ms Judd’
The premier rubbished her complaint that she felt unsafe in her $7.3 million mansion in Brighton in an Instagram post on Thursday.
Judd claimed the state government didn’t ‘seem to care’ or be doing anything about the ‘rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside’.
Daniel Andrews has hit back at Rebecca Judd after the AFL WAG slammed his government for not doing enough to combat crime in her posh Melbourne suburb
The premier said he was ‘not interested in having an argument with Ms Judd’ after she said she felt unsafe in her Brighton home in an Instagram post on Thursday
‘I’m also obliged to point out though, I think there are more than 70 additional police in the Bayside area, and the most recent crime statistics released by an independent agency would not support those sweeping assessments about patterns of crime.’
Mr Andrews said an additional 500 police officers and 50 public service officers were deployed as part of May’s state budget.
‘I say this respectfully to Bec Judd, or anybody – I don’t want anybody to feel unsafe,’ he said.
‘I’m sorry she feels that way. The data would tell a different story, but it is about personal feelings and your sense of safety.
‘I hope that knowing those things, or perhaps learning those things, puts her mind at ease.’
Judd lives in the sprawling mansion in Brighton in the city’s southeast with her husband, retired AFL star Chris Judd, and their four children.
Her home boasts a gym, a tennis court that can be turned into ‘a footy oval or cricket pitch’, and a magnesium salt pool.
There is also a spacious wet bar complete with a snooker table and a bar.
Judd wrote in her Instagram post: ‘So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside.
‘I personally know two women who have experienced home invasions in Brighton in the last few weeks while they were at home.’
‘The most recent crime statistics released by an independent agency would not support those sweeping assessments’: The Victorian Premier rubbished the mother-of-four’s claims on Sunday, insisting recent crime statistics in her affluent suburb of Brighton don’t support her fears
Upset: On Thursday, Judd slammed Andrews’ government for not doing enough to combat ‘rapes, bashings and home invasions’ in her posh suburb
She reposted CCTV footage of a group of young men lurking outside properties in her affluent suburb and claimed it made her feel ‘unsafe’.
The teenagers, who were allegedly armed with knives, were filmed lurking outside several properties in the Bayside area before crashing a stolen BMW into a tree.
Liberal Brighton MP James Newbury slammed Mr Andrew’s response and labelled it a form of ‘victim blaming’.
‘How dare Daniel Andrews attack a woman because she feels unsafe – what a creep,’ he told The Herald Sun.
‘His behaviour sounds a lot like victim blaming.
‘There have been three home invasions in Brighton this week, a police shooting, and many more home invasions in local streets over recent months.’
Victoria Police launched Operation Ibis last week and have already arrested and charged 14 people.
Mr Newbury claimed residents were so scared they were hiring private security to protect them.
The good life: She lives in a $7.3million mansion in Brighton in the city’s southeast with her husband, retired AFL star Chris Judd (right), and their four children
‘So sick of the rapes, bashings and home invasions at the hands of the gangs in Bayside,’ Bec wrote to Instagram