Fraud in the Tweed is on the rise and police aren’t happy

TWEED police are doing everything they can to help reduce the latest fraud statistics.

A total of 336 reported cases of fraud occurred in Tweed according to a report released by New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

That is a 29.72% jump since 2011.

"Fraud is an ongoing problem and the main issue with fraud is your 'fail to pay' offences at service stations," Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Brendon Cullen said.

"That's the majority of fraud offences."

He said there was a problem with drive-offs throughout the state "but especially in the Tweed we have a problem".

"And that is the one crime category which continues to rise," he said.

"We are refocusing on what we can do."

Insp Cullen said one way to combat the problem was for customers to pre-purchase their fuel.

"You can get people to pay for their petrol before activating the pump," he said.

"We need the fuel companies to come on board with the NSW police to harden their retail."

On Thursday uniformed police officers were involved in Operation Eten.

The high-visibility officers were policing the drive- off hot spots throughout the Tweed to show they are out and about watching.

"We had uniformed high- viz police around those areas doing RBT," Insp Cullen said.

"It's a difficult crime to police but we're going to continue doing that and we really need the public assistance with it."

Insp Cullen said the drain on police resources was being felt.

"Although the monetary value may be low it certainly impacts heavily on taking police off more serious crime," he said.

"We'd like to be focusing on something else."



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