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Making Hurstville a safer place

Posted 29 March 2012 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon today warned local business owners to review their security measures and be more vigilant following an increase in reported crimes.

Mayor McMahon said recent statistics provided by Hurstville Police show there has been an 11.9% increase in breaking and entering into businesses.

“I encourage all local business owners, particularly ones located at the Hurstville CBD, to be alert,” he said.

“In an effort to assist Hurstville Police, Council will continue to provide electronic surveillance of this area.”

Mayor McMahon added that although there were fewer vehicles stolen, there had been an increase in items being stolen from cars.

“It is a concerning trend that criminals are breaking into cars so please do not leave any valuables in your car and certainly not where they are visible,” he said.

Mayor Mc Mahon said he was pleased the overall crime rates throughout Hurstville have dropped over the past 12 months.

“By and large, our community is now safer,” he said.

“One of the biggest drops is alcohol-related assaults – incidents are down by 36.1%. Home burglary is down by 27.8% and drug possession dropped by 37.7%.”

Mayor McMahon said Council is committed to working with Hurstville Police to make the area as safe as possible.

“Police have representation on our Community Safety Advisory Committee which identifies safety issues, discusses licensing matters, develops crime prevention strategies and focuses on a range of other matters relating to our community’s safety,” he said.

Below is the crime statistics as presented by Hurstville Police Local Area Command.

• Assault - down 24.4%
• Robbery - down 3.2%
• Break and Enter (Dwelling) - down 27.8%
• Break and Enter (Commercial) - up 11.9%
• Stolen Vehicle - down 26.9%
• Assault (Alcohol & Non DV Related)- down 36.1%
• Fraud - down 3.8%
• Malicious Damage - down 4.3%
• Steal from Motor Vehicle - up 13.7%

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