Valley climbs up the crime ladder
JOY LASSIG knows that vandalism is a big problem in Casino.
She has replaced smashed plate glass windows at the front of her Golden Chicken take- away shop five times.
Each time it costs about $1000 and nobody has ever been charged with the crime.
A draft report on crime prevention by the Richmond Valley Council is on exhibition at the council.
The report shows that vandalism and assault have risen over the past five years in the local government area.
According to the report, the incidence of assault had risen by 15.8 per cent, with Evans Head having the highest number.
Most offenders were men aged between 20 and 29.
Out of 152 local government areas surveyed, the Richmond Valley was ranked ninth for the prevalence of assaults.
The incidence of domestic violence had risen 5.8pc.
Most victims were women aged between 30 and 39.
The offenders were usually men aged 30 to 39.
Aboriginal people were over-represented as both victims and offenders.
Domestic violence levels were highest in Casino, followed by Coraki.
The local government area ranked sixth out of 152 with more than half of all violent attacks being alcohol-related.
Malicious damage had risen by 14.5pc
Most offenders were males aged between 20 and 29, and females aged between 10 and 17.
The report showed the majority of crimes occurred between 6pm and 6am.
The council has made a number of recommendations about how crime in the Richmond Valley could be reduced.