Neighbourhood watch on cards after spate of crime in Nimbin

A SPATE of break-ins and robberies in the Nimbin area has prompted the community to begin developing plans for a neighbourhood watch group.

Nimbin police have been invited to attend a public meeting at Nimbin Town Hall on December 10 where locals will voice their concerns about the crime wave.

Residents have increasingly been posting comments on the Facebook page Nimbin Hookups about break-ins at their homes and of cars spotted 'casing out' properties.

Frustrated with the continuing crime wave long-term Nimbin resident Jane Mari floated the idea of a neighbourhood watch group on Facebook.

"I am over the number of robberies happening in our community," she said.

"So many people now, almost everyone I know."

Ms Mari said there were possibly two groups stealing distinctively different items.

"One (group is targeting) jewellery, cash, musical instruments, (the other one is stealing) tools, timber slabs etc," she said.

"I feel enough is enough.

"I am going to call a public meeting with local police invited for early December to try and galvanise local support and awareness and form a broad-based neighbourhood watch.

"These people have stolen over a period of about 18 months from single mothers, people who have just lost their partners, people who have worked all their lives.

"If we don't stand together they will continue to do what they are doing."

Matarisvan Boon was another who took to the site to air her concerns.

"Happened to us in Middle Pocket two months ago," she said.

"Three houses on the street, tools and shed stuff in ours."

Amy Ibbertson said there had been a number of robberies, including at a Homeleigh property.

"Raided the shed, took tools," she said.

"Another farm on the other side of Kyogle had numerous tools and two brand new chainsaws (stolen).

"I don't believe they are stealing anything specific, just whatever they reckon they can get good money for."



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