RURAL CRIME WEEK: LET’S REPORT IT
Member for Tamworth and Chair of the Rural Crime Advisory Group Kevin Anderson MP is encouraging the local community to report instances of rural crime to the Police as the NSW Government kicks off Rural Crime Week.
Mr Anderson said rural crime is having a having a significant impact of farming families and communities from losing valuable stock, fuel, plant, equipment and break and enters.
“This week marks the start of a rural crime blitz where we need to raise awareness of rural crime. There is a reluctance to report crime, for a variety of reasons, but we need to change people's attitudes and get them to contact police.
“It doesn’t matter how insignificant the action is, suspicious vehicle behaviour or strangers on a property. If you are aware of or have a snippet of information, it may be the missing link police are looking for to put the jigsaw puzzle together to solve the crime and catch the crooks.
“During rural crime week we need you to come forward and report it, if you see something, say something.
“There are a variety of ways to report crime, NSW Police has 34 rural crime investigators, but any Police Officer can take the call. There is also Crime Stoppers, and online portals.
NSW Police Minister Troy Grant said as part of cracking down on rural crime a Deputy Commissioner for Regional NSW has been introduced which will mean that the emerging crime trends in regional NSW, which differ so much to those in our cities, are recognised and properly addressed.
“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.”
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