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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Opportunistic crime – lock cars and homes

Amidst a surge in criminal activity across the Lower Clarence region, a new Inspector has been appointed, accompanied by two fresh Probationary Constables hailing from the latest cohort of 158 graduates from the Goulburn Police Academy, bolstering the ranks of the Coffs Clarence Police District.

Set to take charge of operations in the Lower Clarence, Inspector Sally Scott, along with the two Probationary Constables, is scheduled to assume duties at their respective stations this week.

Reports received by the CV Independent reveal a troubling pattern of over 50 car and home break-ins in Maclean this year, paralleled by a similar spike in incidents in Yamba during the summer holidays. Recent law enforcement efforts resulted in the apprehension of a 38-year-old suspect linked to multiple break-ins and vehicle thefts in the Maclean and Grafton areas. Search warrants executed by the Proactive Crime Team led to the recovery of allegedly stolen items, including a stolen vehicle. The suspect has been remanded in custody pending a court appearance in April.

In response to queries regarding the perpetrators of these crimes, Superintendent Joanne Schultz, Commander of the Coffs/Clarence Police District, emphasized the diverse demographics and origins of offenders. She highlighted collaborative efforts between the Coffs-Clarence and Richmond Police Districts to address cross-border criminal activities.

Emphasizing the importance of personal security, Superintendent Schultz underscored the role of community vigilance in deterring opportunistic crimes. She urged residents to secure their homes and vehicles, citing instances where unlocked doors and visible valuables attract criminal activity.

Expressing concern over unreported crimes circulating on social media, Superintendent Schultz urged residents to promptly report suspicious activities to local authorities or the Police Assistance Line. She emphasized the vital role of community cooperation in maintaining public safety.

Residents are encouraged to report any criminal activity to Crime Stoppers or the Police Assistance Line, with anonymity guaranteed, while emergencies should be reported immediately to Triple Zero (000).

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