Bright and dis­trict crime stats flat: In­spec­tor

Alpine Observer - - News -


THE Bright and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce con­vened their monthly meet­ing at the Alpine Events Cen­tre at Pi­o­neer Park on Tues­day evening, and wel­comed guest speaker Victoria Po­lice lo­cal area com­man­der Wan­garatta, In­spec­tor Ker­rie Hicks.

In­spec­tor Hicks had been in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a dis­cus­sion and to present on top- ics around crime in the Bright area, but as it turned out, had lit­tle to re­port.

Changes in crime statis­tics - if there were any at all over the past 12 months - were neg­li­gi­ble, ac­cord­ing to In­spec­tor Hicks.

The In­spec­tor spoke of how an in­crease in cer­tain crime statis­tics can ac­tu­ally be a pos­i­tive sign – rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease in re­port­ing and there­fore cer­tain is­sues were getting the po­lice at­ten­tion they re­quired.

Top­ics cov­ered in­cluded what to do if hol­i­day rentals were used as ‘party houses,’ a prob­lem re­port­edly un­com­mon in Bright but not un­heard of.

A com­pre­hen­sive dis­cus­sion was had on the re­cent Rod Run held over the Re­mem­brance Day week­end, where the feel­ing was de­spite the enor­mous crowd it had drawn to the town, be­hav­iour was to be com­mended with only a few mi­nor cases re­quir­ing po­lice at­ten­tion.

It was recog­nised that after a busy snow sea­son at Mount Buf­falo, there is a need for a greater po­lice pres­ence on the moun­tain, if only to check vis­i­tors were car­ry­ing and fit­ting chains.

Other po­lice-re­lated sub­jects spo­ken about were road cy­clists us­ing the Mount Buf­falo road, widely con­sid­ered danger­ous at best, yet more so when cy­clists and cars don’t use lights.

In­spec­tor Hicks stayed on through the rest of the Cham­ber’s meet­ing, which was con­cise and cov­ered the re­cent Spar­tan Race, which by all re­ports was a rag­ing suc­cess.

Par­tic­i­pant num­bers were up by more than 30 per cent on last year, to about 6000 adults and 1000 kids, ce­ment- ing Bright’s ver­sion of the na­tional event as the most pop­u­lar in Aus­tralia.

Or­gan­is­ers of the race will soon en­ter talks with the Alpine Shire Coun­cil to dis­cuss plans go­ing for­ward after this ini­tial three-year con­tract fin­ished this year.

The main mes­sage from In­spec­tor Hicks was sim­ple: lock your car, lock your house, and if you need po­lice as­sis­tant, call 000.

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