Reducing rates of rural crime in the Coffs Harbour electorate
To mark the beginning of Rural Crime Week Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, is encouraging the local community to report instances of rural crime to the Police, as the NSW Government works towards lowering crime rates in regional NSW.
“A key component of tackling crime is ensuring that regional communities get the targeted policing they require through the re-engineering of the NSW Police Force and the introduction of a Regional Deputy Commissioner,” Mr Fraser said.
“The introduction of a Deputy Commissioner for Regional NSW will mean that the emerging crime trends in regional NSW, which differ so much to those in our cities, are recognised and properly addressed.”
“There is no doubt that some of the kinds of crime we see in the Coffs Harbour electorate are not seen in the city.
“This Rural Crime Week, local residents should know that the NSW Government is working closely with the NSW Police Force to adequately respond to rural crime, not just through the introduction of a Regional Deputy Commissioner, but also through the recommendations of the Bradshaw Review into rural crime, which the Government will decide on shortly.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said rural crime, including theft of livestock, produce and equipment, illegal shooting and trespassing costs communities millions of dollars each year and has a significant impact on the livelihood of NSW farmers.
“The NSW Government is taking practical steps to reduce rates of rural crime, and Rural Crime Week serves as a timely reminder to people across regional NSW that all crimes in the bush should be reported to Police. Even the smallest piece of information can help,” said Mr Grant.
For more information about rural crime prevention strategies, please visit: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/crime_prevention/rural_crime
If you have any information about a rural crime, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
For more support services available to farmers or rural residents, please visit: https://www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help/Facts---Information/Rural-Mental-Health/Rural-Mental-Health.