Editorial - Sat, August 22: Watching crime on our streets

CRIME Watch is the newest addition to The Advocate - a weekly crime breakdown compiled by Coffs Clarence Police.

It follows calls from readers for more information on petty crime, news on what's happened in their neighbourhood and how police advice can stop you becoming a victim of crime.

The page also serves to deter crime, while assisting police, who sure have their work cut out for them.

Detective Inspector Darren Jameson explains the Coffs Clarence command last year ranked the sixth highest command in the state for arrests.

The figures equate to around 55 arrests per week from drink driving, to domestic violence, assaults, break and enter and property offences right through to serious crime categories.

That's not to say there is more crime occurring here than other communities, far from it, but as Inspector Jameson explains it reflects the local police methodology of preventing crime.

As seen in today's column, that includes officers stopping persons who are known to police or acting suspiciously, questioning them, gauging their reaction and conducting searches.

Too often good police work goes unheralded and while there will always be crime there must also be public reporting of it.

MATT DEANS
Editor



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