Crime prevention book launched

A NEW and user-friendly crime prevention booklet has been released by the Mid-North Coast Crime Prevention Network with the aim of achieving consistent and appropriate reporting of crime.

Through studies, forums and surveys that were conducted during 2007, it was shown that the presence of crime and particularly minor crimes such as antisocial behaviour, impacts upon people's quality of life.

To increase general awareness within the community and make it a bit easier and hassle-free to report crime, the Report It Don't Ignore It booklet has been introduced across the region.

Areas of release include the Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Nambucca and Greater Taree, to encourage the reporting of crime right along the Mid-North Coast.

This method of combating crime within our community is similar to methods used in a few Sydney Suburbs such as Penrith.

Carolyn Wilks, a crime prevention officer, has had an integral role in the crime prevention plan, and the Report It Don't Ignore It booklet coming into play.

“It helps put people in touch with the right people at the right time,” she said.

“The categories on the pages in the booklet come straight from the questions on the police assistance line, so it gets people in the right sequence of thinking,” she said.

In the long run, a series of reported crimes could lead to the emergence of hot spots.

Through this, police are better able to assign resources, develop strategies and understand the nature of the crime and increase police awareness of the area.

The booklet can be kept next to the phone or on the kitchen bench for ease and practicality, and of course to encourage usage.

It also includes a list of emergency contact numbers so you have them all at your fingertips.

This program is part of the crime prevention plan which includes projects such as Safe Celebrations to combat alcohol-related crimes and the Love Bites, put in place to prevent domestic violence.

The Report It Don't Ignore It booklets will be distributed through Clarence Valley Council offices, the offices for chambers of commerce in the region and from community Neighbourhood Watch program officials.

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