Coffs in top 10 shame list
COFFS/CLARENCE police say combating vandalism in our community remains an important priority.
Crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, was commenting on the news Coffs Harbour's council area was ranked eighth in country NSW for the number of malicious damage reports to police (1223 in 2003 and 1317 in 2007).
Mr Lindsay said in the last 12 months, police had seen significant reductions in the amount of malicious damages in the command.
“However, it is still of concern for police and we rely on members of the public to come forward and report incidents of malicious damage,” he said.
“Although each isolated incident may be of a minor nature, it can be of a large cost to the community to remove graffiti and repair damaged public amenities.
“It is a priority for police to combat this crime.”
Coffs Harbour City Council says vandalism, including graffiti, costs the community more than $100,000 a year.
“Coffs Harbour City Council has a strong vandalism policy that allows for the payment of a reward of up to $5000 for anyone who supplies information leading to a conviction,” a spokeswoman said.