Golf club hit again
BUSINESSES in Coraki are sick and tired of falling victim to petty thieves and are asking for action.
In the past week, the Coraki Golf Club has been broken into twice.
On Tuesday, thieves used bolt cutters to force their way through a steel gate, a screen door and a glass panel before stealing almost $300 worth of alcohol.
A week earlier, on Wednesday 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, some damaged.
Coraki Golf Club treasurer and licensee Ray Hunt said the club had spent thousands of dollars on extra security.
"We have grave concerns for our employees," he said.
"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 occupying all windows and doors and tainting it's 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.
"We don't know where to go from here," he said.
"We are a small club and only a break-even club. Things like this come along all the time and it is money for nothing," he said.
"It makes it difficult and is very disheartening. We certainly want more police presence."
Bryan Denning, of Coraki Newsagency, said his business had been broken into twice in two months.
"In the first incident they stole cigarettes and confectionary 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."