Crime in Coraki must be reported

A RECENT spate of break-ins in the town has led one Coraki business owner to plead with the community to report more crimes to police.

Bryan Denning, of Coraki Newsagency, said his business had been broken into twice in two months.

"In the first incident, they stole cigarettes and confectionery and in the second they stole mobile phones," he said.

"We are a community of about 1300 and the crime wave happening through here, it should not be happening.

"A lot of people are not reporting the crime and I wish they would as it comes down to statistics.

"We are sick and tired of this; the old town is going down the gurgler."

The Coraki Golf Club was broken into twice in January, forcing the club to spend thousands on increased security measures.

On January 17, thieves used bolt cutters to force their way through a steel gate, a screen door and a glass panel at the club before stealing almost $300 worth of alcohol.

A week earlier, on January 11, thieves broke into a shed at the club and made off with five golf buggies.

One of the buggies was found burnt out nearby but the remaining buggies were returned, although some were damaged.

"We have grave concerns for our employees," golf club treasurer and licensee Ray Hunt said.

"We have two girls that work here and considering what is happening down the central coast, clubs are getting knocked off left right and centre.

"We also have grave concerns for our property as the break-ins increase."

The club's exterior resembles a maximum-security prison, with bars and padlocks on all windows and doors, tainting its quaint appearance.

Mr Hunt said crime in Coraki had subsided in recent years but over the past few months the problem had reared its ugly head again.

"It makes it difficult and is disheartening.

"We certainly want more police presence."

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