The NSW Government has awarded $5,300 to Port Stephens Council for a program to reduce the rate of theft in the area, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The funding is part of the government’s $500,000 Safer Community Compact grants to help councils across the state to deliver grassroots solutions to crime.
Portable lock boxes will be introduced in popular holiday locations in Raymond Terrace, Nelson Bay, Medowie, Williamtown and Anna Bay to reduce theft from motor vehicle offences.
“The program recognises local people understand the crime problems facing their towns and play an important role in addressing them,” Attorney General Mark Speakman said.
Last year there were 415 steal from motor vehicle incidents in the Port Stephens area, 248 steal from dwelling offences and 15 steal from person crimes.
Mr MacDonald said, “This project is designed to help car owners and tourists to take steps to reduce the risk of their belongings being stolen.”
“Beach goers will be able to store their keys in the secure boxes so they can enjoy a worry-free swim”.
Mr MacDonald said the majority of offences could be prevented if people took common sense precautions such as removing their valuables and locking their homes and cars.
“If you are going on a holiday, you should arrange for a trusted neighbour to collect your mail and newspapers and remove any other obvious signs that you aren’t at home”.
Wayne Wallis, Port Stephens Council General Manager said "I want every person in Port Stephens to feel safe in our community and that their families and property are protected.”
“I am incredibly grateful for this funding which will support Council's efforts to empower the community to understand the precautions they can take to safeguard against theft.”
Council also will run a community awareness campaign for residents and tourists in the Port Stephens area to ensure they know what they can do to protect themselves from being robbed.
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