The NSW Government has awarded $49,585 to Lake Macquarie City Council for a program to cut break-ins to homes, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The funding is part of the $500,000 Safer Community Compact grants to help councils across the state to deliver grassroots solutions to crime.
Mr Speakman said, “The program recognises local people understand the crime problems facing their towns and play an important role in addressing them.”
“This program in Lake Macquarie is designed to help residents in break-and-enter hot spots to take steps to reduce the risk of their homes being targeted by burglars.”
Council will run a home security public awareness campaign by setting up pop-up information booths at shopping centres to help residents make their neighbourhoods safer. Council will also work with local police to provide victims of recent break-and-enters with information on ways to prevent future burglaries.
Mr MacDonald said, “The ‘Lake Macquarie Residential Burglary Project’ will show residents how they can protect their home, including by the use of engraving tools to mark valuables so they can be easily identified and less attractive to thieves. Fifty property marking kits will be given away to residents whose homes are considered at risk of being broken into.”
Mayor of Lake Macquarie Councillor Kay Fraser, said it is a priority for Council that Lake Macquarie City is a safe place for people to live and for business to operate.
“This funding will help Council to continue its work to reduce crime in Lake Macquarie City, as well as build community awareness on ways in which residents can improve safety at home,” Cr Fraser said.
100 DataDot kits will be delivered to residents and 3 electronic reading devices will be provided to local police stations to assist in identifying, tracking and returning items that have been stolen.
Whilst the rate of burglaries has dropped in Lake Macquarie over the past four years, there were still 734 recorded break-and-enters on homes in the area in 2016, according to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Mr MacDonald said there were a variety of simple ways to deter burglars.