Ex­mouth praised for crime drop

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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