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Crackdowns on break-ins, violence behind drop in crime rate

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay. Rob Wright

POLICE moves to target "prolific" thieves have paid off with an almost 20% drop in break and enters across the Richmond Local Area Command in the last two years.

Richmond crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the crackdown had seen results across Ballina, Lismore/Goonellabah and Casino.

"It's been a real focus of this command and we've certainly targeted known offenders," Det Insp Lindsay said.

"We've been able to charge and arrest a number of prolific offenders."

He said curbing property crime - which includes malicious damage, also on a downward trend - would continue as a major focus.

Personal violence was also the target of ongoing action by police.

"Domestic violence is a major concern of this command," he said.

"We have a domestic violence action plan... we are seeing some real inroads into stopping repeat victims."

"All studies indicate that the most effective way of stopping domestic violence is to place the matter before the court.

"If people call the police more often than not we will take action."

On fraud - one of the few crimes to have risen, by 13% - Det Insp Lindsay advised people to be careful about handing over personal details.

"There are a lot of scammers out and about," he said.

"Never give your bank account details over the phone or over the internet."

People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  crime, richmond local area command



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