Effort to map Yamba crime clamp
RESIDENTS and owners of The Links accommodation in Yamba this week made their first move in establishing a strategy to curb the number of break-ins, vandalism and thefts in Yamba.
They are fed up with crime and its impact on Yamba’s reputation and its people.
At a meeting called by The Links’ executive committee chairman David Sheridan last Monday, residents discussed crime prevention ideas that they hope will be adopted by the whole Yamba community.
“There needs to be community discussion and a message needs to reach the offenders that we are doing something about the problem,” Mr Sheridan said.
Recent articles in The Daily Examiner which focused on theft at The Sands accommodation have grabbed the attention of justice groups.
As a result, communication has opened up, strategies are being implemented and recommendations put forward.
The proposals include the Links and Sands, as well the whole Yamba beachfront and River Street areas.
It’s a good sign that community discussion is indeed opening up.
What became apparent at the meeting was that most of the crime in the community is opportunistic.
If simple measures were adopted, like making sure doors were locked and valuables kept out of sight, crime could be reduced.
Other strategies discussed were the installation of security lights and cameras, signage, the formation of a Neighbourhood Watch group and night security guards who could be effective immediately.
“The biggest thing it comes down to is people becoming aware and not leaving themselves exposed,” said on-site manager of The Sands, Ivor Loveridge.
While it was easy to convince permanent residents to lock up and be vigilant, how to warn holidaymakers was more difficult.
Holidaymakers occupy about one-third of the accommodation at the Links and Sands.
Some real estate agents are reluctant to warn holidaymakers of potential crime.