Cops back on the beat
A TARGETED approach to policing in the Derwent Valley is paying dividends, with a significant reduction in crime in the region, the new sergeant in charge at New Norfolk says.
Sergeant Chris Hey, who started last month, said crime rates had dropped since the Gazette reported in October that police were aware of a rise in youth crime in the New Norfolk area.
“Since the start of October, we’ve seen a significant decrease in most offences in the New Norfolk area,” Sgt Hey said.
“Our policing strategies are developed to respond to crime trends, and in New Norfolk, police have introduced a number of activities to deliver policing services in the area.”
These included: INCREASED overnight patrols, including in unmarked vehicles. EXTENSION and staggering of finishing times. AN increase in the use of bail curfew conditions for offenders including youths, with nightly police checks on these people at random times to ensure they are complying with their curfew. HIGH-PROFILE foot patrol operations in the New Norfolk business district. HIGH-PROFILE road safety checks. LOCAL police, including Sgt Hey, increasing community engagement with stakeholders including local government, businesses and the local PCYC.
“As a result of these strategies, we are seeing a reduction in crime in the New Norfolk area,” Sgt Hey said.
There were eight home bur- glaries in New Norfolk between July and September, but only three between October and December.
Car burglaries dropped from 10 to three between the same time periods, while stolen motel vehicles dropped from eight to four and instances of shoplifting from six to two.
There are nine officers at New Norfolk who work to a roster, which provides policing services from 7am to 3am.
The Derwent Valley is also actively policed by officers from Maydena, Hamilton and Bushy Park, with backup from the 24-hour stations at Bridgewater and Glenorchy.
Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said he had noticed that the topic of crime had “quietened down,” and credited the police for boosting their visibility in the town.
“Not only me, but other people have noted probably some old-fashioned policing — police walking up the street, which is fantastic,” Cr Evans said.
“People have commented because they feel assured and a bit more secure.”