Alleged vandalism has forced the closure of one of the more popular pieces of play equipment in Grafton's Jacaranda Park.
Alleged vandalism has forced the closure of one of the more popular pieces of play equipment in Grafton's Jacaranda Park.

Police, council taking tough stance on anti-social behaviour

CLARENCE Valley residents are being urged to report anti-social behaviour as NSW Police and Clarence Valley Council look to take a tough stance on vandalism and destruction of public property.

According to council’s general manager Ashley Lindsay, parks and recreational facilities are places that are most valued by the community, but are also where the most damage and vandalism occurs.

The renewed focus on crime prevention initiatives comes after last month a popular piece of playground equipment at Grafton’s Jacaranda Park was closed due to vandalism.

Mr Lindsay encouraged members of the community to report any anti-social behaviour to local police.

“We should not turn a blind eye to the anti-social or destructive behaviour by a tiny minority of the population,” he said.

“We all love the Clarence Valley so speak up. We need everyone to be our eyes and ears.”

“Even if you feel like a scratched record and you are calling the police on multiple occasions, it’s important for crime prevention and investment in local police resources that residents continue to report incidents.

“There are a lot of things council staff could be working on, but unfortunately we are replacing signage, fixing torn up lawns, removing graffiti and repairing damage to playgrounds.

“If you see something, please say something, so that together we can help keep our public spaces beautiful for everyone to enjoy.”

Mr Lindsay said residents can report damaged or vandalised public facilities directly on the Clarence Valley Council website by clicking on the ‘report it’ button.

“For all serious matters including if you witness damage being caused, please contact the police straight away,” he said.

“All information is important, no matter how insignificant it may seem, it may be the vital piece of information they need. By reporting suspicious behaviour straight away you will help to protect our community.”

To report anti-social behaviour, take a picture, making a note of the date, time and location. You can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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