Police turn up heat
By ZOE SATHERLEY
WELL-KNOWN criminals living in Goonellabah will soon be answering the door to unexpected visitors.
The surprise callers will be police inspectors Tony Crandell and David Larkin.
"We are going to be right in their faces from now on," said Insp Crandell.
"Our message is 'we know who you are, we know where you live and we are watching you'.
"Our intelligence team has carefully researched known repeat offenders ? adults and juveniles ? and that is our target group.
"The only way these people can turn the heat off is by either stopping committing crimes or moving out of the local area."
Insp Crandell said this action was one of several anticrime initiatives in Goonellabah police will implement.
Other proposals included regular bicycle patrols and high visibility police operations when the whole area would be 'saturated' with a squad of police officers.
But it's not all about holding up a big stick.
Insp Crandell said he would be offering all targeted repeat offenders assistance to get back on the 'straight and narrow' path of the law.
"We will be offering to help them into further education and training courses, as well as recreational activities through the Police and Citizens Youth Club," Insp Crandell said.
"Sometimes these people just need a bit of individual support to guide them to a better and more productive life path.
"We have developed an inter-agency approach to trying to resolve the many social and economic problems some of these repeat offenders face.
"We will be inviting them to contact myself or Insp Larkin personally if they want and need help."