7 February 2005

An initiative aimed at reducing home and business break-ins has been jointly launched by Member for Lismore Thomas George and local police.

A glossy, eight-page booklet incorporating a home, business, farm and personal property register will be mailed to every household in the Lismore Electorate during the next week. The booklet has the support of police in the Richmond Local Area Command.

"We welcome this community initiative and see it as a timely and proactive crime prevention tool," said Local Area Commander, Superintendent Bruce Lyons.

"It is an initiative by the community and Police to send a clear message to thieves that crime does not pay in our region."

The booklet contains a four-page lift-out incorporating a property register to be used by home and business owners and landholders to record details of their valuables.

"So often Police attend the scene of a break-in and householders do not have at hand the information we require to begin investigations. This way, if everyone takes just 10 to 15 minutes to fill out the make, model and serial numbers of items such as their television, VCR and DVD it has to reduce thieves' disposal options as well as hopefully leading to the prompt return of stolen items in the unfortunate event you are the next victim of crime," Supt Lyons said.

Mr George said the theme of the booklet was appropriate . Be prepared.

"It is easy to have a blas‚ `it won't happen to me' mentality about home theft," Mr George said.

"Yet while we live in a law-abiding region in which residents generally do the right thing and look out for each other, this is a precautionary measure for people to safeguard their belongings.

"I would urge everyone to spend just a bit of time filling in the forms and then store the booklet in a safe place for quick reference if the need arises."

The booklet also contains an absence from residence form which people may fill out and have police take a copy when leaving home for an extended period. Mr George said the booklet contained a number of handy tips for improving car, home, office and farm security.

"Additional copies are available at my office at 55 Carrington Street, Lismore, for those who need them."

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.