Keeping a watch on Casino crime counts
CASINO residents are being urged to take on the town's crime problem and the first step is to report everything to the authorities.
“If the right government departments don't know what is happening, or where, they can't act,” Casino Neighbourhood Watch assistant area co-ordinator Donna Maria Adams said.
“It is up to everybody in the community to report offences.”
Mrs Adams is keen to target theft and graffiti.
“Casino has a huge shoplifting problem, with young truants roaming through shops and helping themselves,” she said.
“There is an incredible amount of graffiti. A lot of these problems definitely come down to a lack of parenting.”
Mrs Adams and her husband Peter founded Casino's Neighbourhood Watch a year ago after vandals lit a bonfire on their front lawn.
Today the group has 600 members.
Its role is to monitor illegal behaviour and report it to the relevant authorities.
But she said more help was needed.
“This is about the whole community stepping up to control crime and offences,” she said.
The watchdog group is closely monitoring the town's boat ramp to reduce drug use there.
Mrs Adams said the site was littered with sharp and dirty needles.
She said crime had dropped in the Casino CBD during the past year, thanks to Neighbourhood Watch and an increased police presence, particularly since Police Inspector Gary Cowan took command in January.
“Neighbourhood Watch is only as good as the people who work it,” Mrs Adams said. “But we are about to make Neighbourhood Watch history by being the first group ever to open an office in the town's CBD.”
The building, at 72 Walker Street, sponsored by the Commercial Hotel, will host its next meeting on Thursday, October 3 at 7pm.