NEW WORKING PARTY TACKLES TENTERFIELD CRIME SPIKE
A new Working Party involving community leaders, organisations and individuals, has been formed to tackle an increase in break & enters in Tenterfield.
The Working Party was the principal recommendation of a community meeting at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall yesterday.
Member for Lismore, the Hon Thomas George MP, chaired the meeting which was attended by about three hundred concerned residents, community leaders, organisations and locals.
“People aired their frustrations and concerns over the recent increase in petty crime in the town. Many, especially the elderly, are very worried about their safety and their possessions and they have the right to live in their homes without fear of being robbed,” Mr George said.
“The Police Force is doing everything it can to address the problem, but we, as a community, have to help address the issue, which is a problem throughout New South Wales.”
NSW Police Force Local Area Commander, Superintendent Fred Trench also attended the meeting.
“Twenty four hour policing was one of the issues raised. Tenterfield doesn’t have 24 hour policing but our research suggests the break & enters are occurring at all times of the day and night,” Supt Trench said.
Supt Trench also informed the meeting that there had been a significant number of arrests made this year for property-related crime and highlighted the arrest of two juveniles in the last week. These alleged offenders were aged 13 and 15 years old and have been charged with a number of break & enter offences in the Tenterfield area.
“The best defence is to make sure all doors and windows are locked, especially at night, and to report any suspicious activity to police”.
He also urged the community to report all crimes committed in the area to Police.
The Working Party has been tasked to discuss the possibility of re-introducing Neighbourhood Watch to Tenterfield and investigate activities like “midnight basketball” to occupy teenagers and other young people who are getting up to mischief at night.
The Working Party includes the Hon Thomas George MP, representatives of the NSW Police Force, Moombahlene Local Aboriginal Land Council, Tenterfield Shire Council, Rotary Club of Tenterfield, Tenterfield Lions Club, Tenterfield Family & Youth Support Service, Tenterfield Basketball Association, parents and several other locals.