Time for hard line on crime

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

THE re­cently high­lighted crime ac­tiv­i­ties in the Val­ley must surely be of con­cern to res­i­dents, po­lice and coun­cil, how­ever there ap­pears to be a blase at­ti­tude, and not a lot of ac­tion to solve the spate of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

The theft from St Matthews Church re­ceived lim­ited press cov­er­age, and the break in, theft and van­dal­ism at Carinya wasn’t even re­ported by the coun­cil to the premises users for al­most a fort­night.

Busi­ness own­ers and res­i­dents shouldn’t have to en­sure ev­ery door is locked, se­cu­rity cam­eras in­stalled, prop­erty locked up and out of sight ev­ery night.

It’s time to take a hard line on the crimes that are oc­cur­ring in the Val­ley and around the state and a around-the­clock po­lice pres­ence in New Nor­folk would surely make a dif­fer­ence.

It’s time to put pres­sure on the coun­cil, coun­cil­lors and MPs to get some ac­tion to help stop this type of be­hav­iour as it must surely be hav­ing and ad­verse ef­fect on any lo­cal com­mu­nity con­fi­dence, in­vest­ment, and growth. Steve Balm­forth Clifton Hill Vic

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