“WE’RE not going to be buggered around and you won’t get away with it”.
Those are the words of Leeton Neighbourhood Watch chairman Mark Norvall, who called a community meeting last week to address issues of crime in the shire.
Attended by around 40 community members in Yanco, as well as Chief Inspector John Wadsworth who is the officer in charge of Leeton and Narrandera, the meeting was also an opportunity to set the record straight on some matters.
Mr Norvall said one of those was ensuring residents had the right facts and information when it came to issues in the community.
“There’s always a lot of chatter on social media, so we wanted to talk about what really is happening and what isn’t,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of good police work going on in our shire recently.
“We want people to know about that, but we also want our ‘resident crims and passer-by crims we won’t tolerate crime in our shire’.
“We also wanted to lift the profile of Neighbourhood Watch, but also hear from the police about what’s happening in town. That’s what Neighbourhood Watch is all about. Having a good connections between the community and police.”
The other issue addressed was Leeton’s police station.
“There’s a misconception out there our police station isn’t manned all of the time, but it’s improving,” Mr Norvall said.
“It’s manned around eight to 12 hours a day, which is great. We believe we will also have some new officers in Leeton soon.”
It has been some time since Neighbourhood Watch held a community meeting, but the plan from now on will be to hold one each quarter, with another planned for next month.
Mr Norvall believes one of the biggest issues facing Leeton shire is drug crime.
“Police have made some good arrests in this area of late,” he said.
“The other positive is we’ve heard from police that domestic violence offences in Leeton have plateaued.
“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on in these areas by police and others.”
A date will be set soon for the next public meeting.
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