Call for more police in bid to cut crime

By NERIDA BLOK

NORMA THOMAS believes more police would help prevent crime at Coraki.

Like others in the community, the Richmond Valley councillor said she was shocked by the latest break-in at the Coraki Golf Club early on Monday morning.

After smashing a large hole in the rear wall of the clubhouse, thieves escaped with a small amount of alcohol and left behind a big repair bill.

"I was shocked because they took the whole wall out," Cr Thomas said. "I don't know what else that poor golf club can do. They already have everything barred."

Cr Thomas said she did not believe crime levels at Coraki were any different to other towns. She felt, howev- er, more could be done.

She said the area was patrolled by two policemen, but more were needed to get the job done.

"What we need is two police officers looking after Coraki alone," she said.

"You could have 24-hour policing. Instead, they are called out to places like Woodburn, Evans Head and accidents on the Pacific Highway.

"I'm not blaming the police. I think they are as good as any here ? it's just there's not enough."

Cr Thomas said organised youth activities could also help.

"There is plenty here for them ? a skate park, BMX track and plenty of sporting fields, but the children don't seem to be able to organise themselves," she said.

"I'm 69, but when I was little we never had the luxuries of TV or computer games.

"We made our own fun. Today's youth doesn't seem to be able to do that."

Richmond Local Area Command's new crime manager, Detective Inspector Steven Clarke, said he could not comment on general crime levels at Coraki.

However, he said the break-in at the golf club was being investigated.

"Obviously it's a concern to the town and to the golf club," he said.

"It's something we take very seriously and naturally we will do everything in our power to identify and prose- cute those responsible."



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