Cops back on the beat

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - SHAUN McMANUS

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.”

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