Crime fight takes to the street
COFFS HARBOUR police are taking their fight against crime to where it counts the most – to the streets.
Officers today converged on the Palms Centre in the heart of the Coffs Harbour CBD, where they set up shop to talk about crime prevention.
They will be visiting other shopping centres throughout the Coffs Coast in the near future to drive home their message to the community.
“What we are trying to do is to make our crime prevention strategies more accessible to the general public and more well-publicised,” said Coffs/Clarence crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Dave Fish.
“We’re providing resources, we’re answering questions and we’re placing an emphasis on community-based policing.
“We feel that setting up an information booth helps to grab people’s attention – it’s been really good and we’ve been inundated with inquiries.”
Const Fish said officers were handing out information brochures on home security, domestic violence, the work of the Coffs Harbour PCYC, kits on crime prevention for small business and homeowners, and information on identity theft.
“Our key message is to report crime – don’t ignore it,” Const Fish said.
“From here we plan to go to Park Beach Plaza, Centro Toormina and the Jetty Village Shopping Centre.
“We will also have special displays to cater for young people.”
Const Fish was accompanied by Coffs/Clarence domestic violence liaison officer, Senior Constable Phil Jacobson and Coffs/Clarence Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer Barry Hoskins.