Nambucca to fight crime with grant

THE NSW Government has announced that Nambucca Shire Council will receive a $12,710 crime prevention grant to fight malicious damage and vandalism in the community.

NSW Attorney General, John Hatzistergos, together with Oxley Duty MLC, Ms Kayee Griffin, said the Government awarded the grant as part of its $1.61 million commitment to support grass roots crime prevention strategies across NSW.

“Vandalism is an enormously frustrating and spiteful crime that greatly inconveniences local residents, businesses and government,” Mr Hatzistergos said.

“Data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research suggests 303 malicious damage incidents were reported to police in the Nambucca region between April 2009 and March 2010, down 18 per cent on the previous 12-month period.

“This grant will further help Nambucca Shire Council combat this type of crime in the community.”

Mr Hatzistergos said council will conduct audits of some of the regions most popular and picturesque public areas to help prevent sites being targeted by criminal activity, such as graffiti.

The audits will identify what improvements can be made to the environmental design of the public spaces to make them safer and more appealing to the community and tourists. Areas where the safety audits will be carried out include:

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