Police curb crime at Park Beach
POLICE admit there isn’t a silver-bullet solution to anti-social crime at Park Beach but say a lot is being done to curb graffiti, vandalism and alcohol-fuelled brawls.
As calls were made for a public meeting discussing crime in the area this week, police officers were on the beat talking to residents in the troubled neighbourhood.
Acting on the concerns of fed-up motel renters, local residents and property owners, member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser is organising a ‘whole of community’ discussion on the issue.
It follows the latest graffiti spree where countless buildings, motels and fences were tagged with spray paint in Boultwood, Prince and Vincent streets, along with Park Beach Road and Ocean Parade.
These offences are the latest in a run of crime being investigated by police at Park Beach.
“Police have made a number of arrests over the past couple of months for malicious damage, stealing from motor vehicles and alcohol-related problems in the Park Beach area,” Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said.
“Overall there hasn’t been a marked increase as far as reported crime is concerned in Park Beach.
“So we need people to report these incidents, especially if they see people misbehaving in that area.”
Police figures processed through the Bureau of Crime Statistics show there was a spike in property crime in Coffs Harbour last month.
“We have taken action against several offenders for malicious damage, graffiti, steal from motor vehicles and other offences.”
“In these incidences the offenders were found in possession of spray cans and marker pens.
“We also keep a database of graffiti tags in the areas where tags are found.”
Insp. Lindsay said police would continue to meet quarterly with council, the chamber of commerce and the moteliers’ association to work out the best police strategy to combat crime.