Police and locals to combat crime

THE channels between Park Beach residents and police will be greatly improved following Tuesday night’s law and order meeting.

NSW police, the Coffs Harbour Council, State member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser and concerned residents have agreed to work collectively to tackle petty crime in the area.

Acting Coffs Clarence Commander, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said while there’s no silver bullet solution to the social problems plaguing local neighbourhoods, a host of workable solutions would be pursued.

“It was an extremely positive meeting and it was good to see so many people attend and make a stand against crime in their area while looking at solutions,” Det. Inspt. Lindsay said.

“It was also good to see a wide selection of the community present at the meeting including the licensee of the Hoey Moey and other business owners.”

Mr Lindsay said the main tool to combat crime would be public assistance.

“We need residents to work with us and report crime as it happens so we can respond and catch the offenders at the scene.

“Police will also be speaking with some of the residents, who attended the meeting to help form a community neighbourhood watch group using some of the resources we have available.

“I must say it was also interesting to hear some long-term residents say that there appears to be less crime in the area than there was 10 years ago.

“We know Park Beach has its problems, we’re not denying that, there are a raft of social issues leading to crime in that area. We’ll just continue to do the best we can to address this through highly visible policing.”

He said police would also act on the residents’ concerns through the Community Safety Precinct Committee and working directly with member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.

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