LOCKED UP: This Casino resident knows that most nights she needs to stay indoors for fear of what happens out on the streets, especially when there are no police nearby. Despite the hard work police do in Casino, there are no police around the clock at the town’s station.
LOCKED UP: This Casino resident knows that most nights she needs to stay indoors for fear of what happens out on the streets, especially when there are no police nearby. Despite the hard work police do in Casino, there are no police around the clock at the town’s station. Samantha Elley

Cops on speed dial, but there's not always someone to answer

CASINO residents know better than anyone how badly their town needs 24-hour policing.

Only last week one resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, said she heard screaming and thumping on the street right outside her house after 5pm.

"There were four guys just laying into this other guy," she said.

"I got my daughter away from the window and called the police."

The resident said she attempted to call local police at Casino three times but it just rang out.

"Usually it diverts to Lismore but it didn't this time," she said.

"So much happens around here that I have the Casino police phone number on my speed dial."

The resident said incidents on Friday or Saturday nights were a common occurrence.

"I just lock the kids and pets up or we'll go camping for the weekend," she said.

"There definitely needs to be 24-hour policing here, just to have that presence felt."

Unfortunately, Casino may be waiting some time. Police Minister Stuart Ayres has been  unwilling to confirm whether policing in Casino would be 24/7 by December as previously promised.

With the latest crime statistics released, it must feel like salt being rubbed into the wounds of Casino's population.

Richmond Valley has been ranked the highest local government area in the Northern Rivers for break-ins, with a house broken into almost every second day last year.



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