Council moves to quell Yamba crime

AN "alarming" increase in the number of thefts from Yamba business houses has prompted a range of groups to come together to find solutions.

The move is being spearheaded by the Clarence Valley Council, which last week convened a meeting the mayor Richie Williamson said was aimed at stemming the tide of break-ins.

Cr Williamson said the meeting was represented by the local police, Neighbourhood Watch, the Birrigan Gargle Local Land Council, the State Attorney General's Department, Janelle Saffin's office and key CVC staff.

The Mayor told the meeting of the need for a united front and offered council resources to help in Yamba's fight against crime.

"This issue can only be solved by all of us working together," Cr Williamson said.

"By working side by side we could not only solve the present crime wave, but in the longer term deal with community issues which underpin crime and a lack of community safety."

One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the implementation of a program called Biz Safe.

This involves police and council community safety officers working with the Yamba Chamber of Commerce to make businesses more secure against crime, possibly including a greater use of webcam technology and lighting.

Other outcomes included police having a stronger presence and further rollout of community-based safety programs - such as Street Cruise, midnight basketball and initiatives being undertaken by the Aboriginal community.

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