Exmouth praised for crime drop
Community leaders have praised Exmouth residents and visitors for a run of good behaviour to start the new financial year.
Exmouth Police had just seven offences reported between July 1 and the time of print — about half the average over the same period.
Over the school holidays police had only one minor incident reported, down from an average of 10.
Exmouth Police officer-incharge Sergeant Alby Van Den Berg said the town deserved a pat on the back.
“I think we can certainly attribute the first week of school holidays to the miserable weather, which kept people indoors, and the second week when the Shire and PCYC held the Festival of Sport,” he said.
“When we’re not responding to crime, the guys are out on the highway, out on the roads, pulling people over and breath-testing.
“The downside to the low crime stats is we seized three vehicles in the past few weeks from suspended drivers or drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.”
Shire of Exmouth president Turk Shales said the drop in crime was an unexpected benefit to come out of the Festival of Sport.
“Sport is magnificent in regions and it can reduce crime,” he said.