Victims of theft call for funding

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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VICTIMS of crime have called on the state government to bankroll a Wagga police crackdown on theft.
Nanjing Night Net

Residents have underscored the life-changingimpacts of theft and the importance of feeling safe and secure in Wagga.

It comes after the latest crime statistics revealed morethan two Wagga homes a day have been broken into over a 12 month, equivalenttoa break-in rate three times higher than the rest of the state betweenJune 2015 to June 2016.

Wagga also ranked seventh in NSW for stealing from a vehicle or unsecured dwelling for that 12 month period.

In response, Wagga police have used a“shock and awe” campaign targeting teen criminalsthese school holidays to great effect, reducingresidential home break-ins within just a week-and-a-half.

Detective Sergeant Ryan Sheaff hoped to extend Operation Assure to Christmas, but conceded manpower may need to be diverted earlier.

“We get resultswherever we allocate extra troops,”Detective SergeantSheaff said.

“Any reduction in reported break and enters to residential properties isanother family thatdoesn’t feel like they’re stuff’s been gone through.

“We’ll conduct a review in a couple of weeks time with a view toextend Operation Assure,but there’s always competing needs.”

Car theft victim Sarah Kirkman said the theft of her car had far-reaching ramifications, beyond monetary pain.

“The crime rate is so huge in Wagga, the government should be spending more money trying to prevent theftshappening quite so often,” Ms Kirkman said.

“Our car was stolen from our driveway in Tolland and the biggest impact was the difficulty getting to and from work.”

Wagga man William George said thebrazen theft and burning of his first car also made it tough for him to hold down gainful employment.

Mr George said repeated thefts had a psychological impact on his parents, which went beyond the pain and suffering of losing any material possessions.

“When my car was stolen I couldn’t get to and from work to earn a crust,” he said.

“When the people behind us were broken into three timesmy parents got to the stage they were scared for their safety, struggling to sleep, which detracted from enjoyment of their lives.”

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