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					   GREATER TAREE
CRIME PREVENTION PLAN
 July 2008 – June 2010
Development of the 2008 Greater Taree Crime Prevention Plan is in
accordance with the new Guidelines prepared by the NSW Attorney
General’s Department. The Plan aims to acknowledge crime risks and
documents strategies designed to reduce those risks.

The Plan includes a crime profile, which provides evidence demonstrating
the existence of prevalent offences and an action plan, which details
strategies proven to have a positive impact on those offences.

The Greater Taree Crime Prevention Plan succeeds the Taree Crime
Prevention Plan 2004 – 2007.




                                                                Prepared May 2008




For further information about the Greater Taree Crime Prevention Plan 2008 -
2010, the Greater Taree Crime and Safety Committee or Greater Taree City
Council’s crime prevention and community safety initiatives the reader should
contact Council’s Manager Community Services on 6592 5399.




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                              Acknowledgements


Greater Taree City Council acknowledges with appreciation, the assistance and
input of the Manning Great Lakes Area Command and the Greater Taree Crime
and Safety Committee in the preparation of this Plan. The Committee is
representative of many organisations and groups committed to community safety
in Greater Taree.


Every effort has been taken to ensure that information and data presented in the
Greater Taree Crime Prevention Plan 2008 – 2010 is accurate at the time of
printing.


Greater Taree City Council
PO Box 482
TAREE NSW 2430
Phone:       02 6592 5399
Fax:         02 6592 5311
Email:       gtaree@gtcc.nsw.gov.au
Web:          www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au




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                   GREATER TAREE
CRIME PREVENTION PLAN 2008 - 2010

                                  INDEX
                                                            PAGE


1           Introduction                                       6


1.1         Background                                         6
1.2         Council’s Vision                                   8
1.3         Purpose of the Plan                                9
1.4         Community Profile                                 10
      1.4.1 Geographic Overview of Greater Taree              10
      1.4.2 Demographics                                      10


2           Crime Profile                                     12


2.1         Crime Statistics and Trends for Greater Taree     13
2.2         Police Statistics                                 15
2.3         Community Survey                                  16
2.4         Community Consultation                            17
2.5         Priority Crimes                                   18


3           Action Plan                                       25


3.1         Implementation                                    25
3.2         Monitoring                                        25
3.3         Evaluation                                        25
3.4         Priority Areas and Strategies                     26


4           References                                        31




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1.    INTRODUCTION

1.1   BACKGROUND

The first Taree Crime Prevention Plan was prepared in 1999 – 2000 with the assistance of the NSW Attorney General’s Department,
following extensive community consultation. The Plan was adopted by Greater Taree City Council in May 2000.

The Plan identified crime prevention initiatives and strategies and provided a working document upon which to build a safer community. It
aimed to assist the Council, the Police and the wider community to identify present and projected crime prevention needs in the Greater
Taree local government area, with specific attention to the Taree CBD.

The Plan was endorsed by the NSW Attorney General’s Department and a “Safer Community Compact” was established between the
Department and the Council. This enabled the Council to seek Department funding for specific initiatives and strategies, in particular, the
very successful “Street Beat” program which is funded by the Department.

In order to ensure that the Taree Crime Prevention Plan remained a realistic reflection of community issues and initiatives, the NSW
Attorney General’s Department required it to be reviewed within three (3) years.

In 2004 review of the original Taree Crime Prevention Plan involved input from a wide cross section of representatives of private,
community and government service providers as well as a range of community representatives.

As with the first Plan the long term goal of the 2004 – 2007 Plan was to prevent crime and reduce incidences of identified local crime
concerns.


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The review found that many of the strategies in the Plan had been completed, were ongoing, or were being monitored and regularly
reviewed.

One particularly successful strategy of the Plans has been the Taree Street Beat project, which commenced in August 2001. Youth
Workers patrol the Taree, Wingham and Old Bar areas several nights a week and make positive contact with young people who are “at
risk” of criminal and anti-social behaviour, both as victims and perpetrators.

The Street Beat project continues to be cited as a model for other communities across the State.

Other successful initiatives of the 2004 Crime Prevention Plan include:

•      ‘Out There – in response’ project (NSW Attorney General’s Department funded), the aim of which was to enhance and expand the
very successful Taree Street Beat project by creating a responsive mobile unit of specialist workers with the capacity to engage groups of
young people who currently congregate at a number of identified ‘hotspots’ at specific times, including the summer months and school
holidays, and who cause considerable community concern by maliciously damaging and vandalising public property. For the past twelve
months the project has been operating in Taree and Wingham and in particular in the vicinity of the skateparks, with a significant reduction
in vandalism and malicious damage as a result.
•      Greater Taree Domestic Violence Community Development project (NSW Attorney General’s Department funded), which aims to
facilitate an increased knowledge of the community affects of domestic violence, raise awareness among identified target groups of
referral points and means of addressing the issue and increase young people’s knowledge of entering and maintaining respectful
relationships. The project commenced in October 2007, with the activities of the 16 Days of Activism community festival in Taree and will
conclude in June 2008.




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•     Safer Community Taree project (Australian Attorney General’s Department funded), which includes the employment of a
Community Safety Officer to consult with identified target groups in regard to community safety initiatives and to implement corresponding
projects. The project commenced in 2007 and is funded for a period of three (3) years.

In 2007, the NSW Attorney General’s Department released a reviewed set of Crime Prevention Planning Guidelines to assist future
development of local Crime Prevention Plans. The Guidelines determine that a Crime Prevention Plan should “be concise and target only
one or two offences”. Again the development and endorsement of such plans ensures eligibility as a Safer Community Compact, which
enables access to Safer Community Compact funding grants to implement actions identified in the Plan.

The Greater Taree Crime Prevention Plan 2008 – 2010, therefore, and in keeping with the Guidelines, comprises a Crime Profile, which
provides evidence demonstrating the existence of a prevalent offence, and an Action Plan, which details strategies proven to have
capacity to impact on that offence.

It should be noted that the Crime Prevention Plan 2008 – 2010 is an operational plan that aims to address specific issues, not a strategic
Community Safety Plan. It is proposed that such planning be integrated in Council’s soon to be adopted Integrated Planning process.


1.2   COUNCIL’S VISION

During 2004/2005 the Council workshopped, then adopted, a strategic plan, Twenty Twenty Vision, for the years to 2020.

The Plan represents a directional tool and offers a long term framework for both Council and the people of Greater Taree. The Plan builds
on existing partnerships in areas such as environment and lifestyle and focuses on sustaining the assets and resources of the area.

The vision articulated in Twenty Twenty is as follows:


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We want Greater Taree in 2020 to:

•      be an interactive and vibrant community focused on economic, social, environmental and cultural achievement.
•      have a strong and dynamic local economy which is conducive to business development and economic growth.
•      have a distinct identity, using the Manning River waterways as a focal point, with recreational diversity and a sustainable built and
natural environment.
•      have people living in a community of which they are proud and have the city, towns and villages retaining a unique and distinctive
character.

Council commits to taking action that is fair and equitable, environmentally responsible, creating a sense of pride and using resources
wisely “to improve our quality of LIFE and make Greater Taree a BETTER place.”

Integral to achieving this vision is community participation and inclusive practice. Integral to community participation and inclusive practice
is community safety.


1.3    PURPOSE OF THE PLAN

The Greater Taree Crime Prevention Plan aims to assist the Council, local police and the whole community to create a safer environment
with the lowest possible crime rates.

Specifically, the Plan aims to address two local crime issues identified through use of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
(BOCSAR) local government crime report and discussion with the Manning Great Lakes Area Command regarding significant crime
incidents and trends.



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In implementing strategies and actions to address the identified crime issues, the Plan aims to:

Improve quality of LIFE and make Greater Taree a BETTER place thereby increasing community capacity to participate, increasing
community pride and making Greater Taree a prosperous and vibrant place to live, work and visit.


1.4   COMMUNITY PROFILE

1.4.1 GEOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW OF GREATER TAREE

Greater Taree City is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales
and is bounded by Walcha Shire and the Hastings Council area in the
north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the Great Lakes Council area in the
south and Gloucester Shire in the west. Situated approximately three hours
north of Sydney, the Greater Taree local government area covers an area
of 3,753 km², including 50 kms of coastline. It stretches from Johns River in
the north to the Wang Wauk River in the south and 100 kms westward to
Nowendoc.

1.4.2 DEMOGRAPHICS

The original occupants of the Greater Taree area were the Birpi Aboriginal people. European settlement dates from exploration in 1818,
although few people lived in the area until the 1840s.




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The population grew slightly during the 1990s, rising from 40,000 in 1991 to nearly 43,000 in 2001. Over the last 10 years, the enumerated
population (excluding overseas visitors), has increased by 5.2% (or 2,208 people) in Greater Taree, (from 42,340 in 1996, to 44,548 in
2006).

Greater Taree has a significantly ageing population with 40.5% over the age of 50 years (compared to 32.7% for the Mid North Coast in
general), 26% over the age of 60 years (compared to 21.4% for the Mid North Coast in general) and 13.5% over the age of 70 years
(compared to 11% for the Mid North Coast in general).

The largest changes in age structure in Greater Taree between 1996 and 2006 were in the age groups:

•        50 to 59 (+1,708 persons);
•        60 to 69 (+1,155 persons);
•        70 to 84 (+985 persons), and;
•        25 to 34 (-953 persons).




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2.       CRIME PROFILE

The Crime Profile was developed from information gathered from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) and NSW
Police Department’s Manning Great Lakes Area Command (MGLAC) with consideration given to a community survey conducted, and
community consultation undertaken, in 2007.

In order to profile crime, BOCSAR’s local government area crime report series for Greater Taree was used. The crime report includes
information on:

•        The spatial distribution of crime within the LGA
•        Recent trends in the 17 major offence categories between 2002 – 2006.
•        Temporal variation in crime by time of day, day of week and month
•        The age and gender of victims and suspected offenders
•        The premises types by which crimes occur
•        The involvement of alcohol in crime.

The 17 major offence categories are:

     •   Murder                                                              •   Assault – domestic violence related
     •   Assault – non domestic violence related                             •   Sexual assault
     •   Indecent assault, acts of indecency & other sexual offences         •   Robbery without a weapon
     •   Robbery with a firearm                                              •   Robbery with a weapon but not a firearm
     •   Break & enter – dwelling                                            •   Break & enter – non dwelling


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   •    Motor vehicle theft                                             •   Steal from motor vehicle
   •    Steal from retail store                                         •   Steal from dwelling
   •    Steal from person                                               •   Fraud
   •    Malicious damage to property

It should be noted that Offensive Conduct and Offensive Language is not reported in the crime report prepared by BOCSAR’s. It was
however, included in the community survey, which was based on the 13 crimes previously reported by local government area on the
BOCSAR’s website and refined at a local level in consultation with Manning Great Lakes Area Command.


2.1     CRIME STATISTICS AND TRENDS FOR GREATER TAREE

       Offence Type                              Number of incidents:   12 month Trend       2006 LGA           % of Alcohol related
                                                 Jan 2002 – Dec 2006                         Ranking ¹          incidents where
                                                                                                                known
       Murder                                             5                     nc²                    nc²             unknown
       Assault – domestic violence related              1,355                 Stable                   23                46%
       Assault – non domestic violence related          1,948                 Stable                   37               49.1%
       Sexual assault
       Indecent assault, act of indecency &
                                                         495                  Stable                   25              unknown
       other sexual offences
       Robbery without a weapon
       Robbery with a firearm
                                                         142                    nc²                    35               28.1%
       Robbery with a weapon not a firearm

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      Break & enter – dwelling                                                2,385              Stable             26           2.4%
      Offence Type                                              Number of incidents:        12 month Trend   2006 LGA    % of Alcohol related
                                                                Jan 2002 – Dec 2006                          Ranking ¹   incidents where
                                                                                                                         known
      Break & enter – non dwelling                                            1,503          Down by 25.1%          56           1.4%
      Motor vehicle theft                                                     746                Stable             40           1.6%
      Steal from motor vehicle                                                1,249              Stable             89           0.9%
      Steal from retail store                                                 836            Down by 30.5%          57           5.5%
      Steal from dwelling                                                     1,157              Stable             47         Unknown
      Steal from person                                                       138                Stable             78           18.2%
      Fraud                                                                   582                Stable             90         Unknown
      Malicious damage to property                                            3,427              Stable             77           15.1%

¹ Ranks are only calculated for LGA’s with a population of >3,000 (n = 143)


² nc data is not calculated where an insufficient number of incidents occurs ie < 20


The actual number of incidents is indicative of that only, put in context the trend provides evidence of the likelihood of continuation of an
offence under current conditions.

While measuring a stable trend over the past 12 months, and therefore not significantly increased, the following offences experienced an
actual increase over the period of measurement (January 2002 – December 2006) as follows.

Steal from dwelling – up 13.6%; Steal from motor vehicle – up 13.2%; motor vehicle theft – up 46.4%; malicious damage – up 13.6%.


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2.2    POLICE STATISTICS

Police intelligence is used to determine the risk that a particular crime poses, the likelihood of its continuation given current policing
practice and the impact that the crime has on community and ultimately policing resources.

Statistics collated by Manning Great Lakes Area Command are comparable to those reported by BOCSAR’s. Specifically, the Command
concurs with hotspot identification that details townships and particularly that of Taree over the regional balance as a location for the
incidence of crime.

In relation to the occurrence of particular crimes the Command maintains that the crimes that have the greatest impact are those of break
and enter (dwelling), particularly where the victims are elderly, and malicious damage to property. Both of these crimes require extensive
police resources to liaise with victims and to resolve the matter and both are recorded on the increase.

A third crime that the Command highlights as resource hungry is that of vehicle theft, which is shown to fluctuate in occurrence but is
currently on the decrease (slightly).

In relation to domestic violence related crime, the Command is mindful of the current resources allocated to respond to this crime ie the
Women’s Refuge/Police Partnership project, a civilian support project that aims to support victims of domestic violence, which ensures a
higher rate of conviction and ultimately, frees up much police time for other more resource hungry incidents.

The Command agrees that targeting the crimes of break and enter (dwelling) and malicious damage through education and community
engagement will have a positive preventative effect on community capacity to protect their property, thereby enabling police to allocate
resources more appropriately.



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2.3    COMMUNITY SURVEY

Community feedback is used to determine the priority placed on a particular crime. To gain community feedback a Crime Prevention
survey was undertaken in July – September 2007. Six thousand (6,000) surveys were distributed by random mail out, 150 were distributed
from Council’s Administration Centre and a further 23 were downloaded from the website. Of the total 6,176 distributed 452 were returned,
indicating a return rate of 7.3%. Of the responses received 62% were from females, 53% were from people over 60 years of age, 31%
were from people aged 45 – 59 years, 15% were from people aged 25 – 44 years and 1% was from people aged 12 – 24 years.

Priorities overall were related to break and enter of private residences (62% of respondents), alcohol related anti social and offensive
behaviour (59% of respondents) and malicious damage and vandalism to property (59% of respondents).

The majority of respondents listed private residences (67.5%), outdoor and public places (64%) and retail and commercial (52%) as the
crime location priorities or hotspots.

Most agreed that the police (98%), Council (81%), other government departments (58% and individuals (52%) should be involved in crime
prevention initiatives.

Crime prevention initiatives highly regarded included:

•      Advocacy and lobbying for improved resources and/or services;
•      Education programs;
•      Increased programs to address specific crime issues;
•      Anti violence messages and promotions;
•      Improved access to services;


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•      Promotion of available services and;
•      Information resources regarding keeping safe.


2.4    COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

As part of the Australian Attorney General’s Department funded Safer Community – Taree project, community consultations were held to
identify key community crime and safety concerns and to engage community in developing some actions responding to the key issues
identified. The consultations were conducted as interactive forums and were held in October and November 2007 in the townships of
Wingham, Old Bar and Hallidays Point. A total of 68 community members participated across the three forums.


A list of the major crime categories was obtained from the local Police Service and participants were asked to prioritise their top three
crimes from this list or to add other issues that were of concern to them.


There was strong agreement across the three forums regarding crime issues identified as of priority concern to forum participants. These
were identified as:


•   burglary/break and enter (private residence)
•   vandalism to public property (primarily graffiti)
•   public disorder/anti social behaviour especially alcohol related and involving young people
•   damage to private property


Assault and violence and traffic issues (such as drag racing by young people) were rated as being of concern but this was not common
across the three forums.

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In addition, a key theme running through the three forums was non, or inappropriate, reporting of crime, often due to a perception that
there would be no response, confusion as to where and how to report the crime, or fear of retribution of reporting a crime.


2.5   PRIORITY CRIMES

In determining priority crimes for the purpose of action planning, consideration is given to indications depicted by the BOCSAR crime
report (trend), the police assessment (risk/likelihood) and community feedback (impact).

Each of the 17 crime categories previously discussed have been weighted for risk/likelihood/resource impact, trend and impact with the
following results. In the case of Police weighting a rank of High, Medium or Low was assigned; in the case of BOSCAR a ↑ or ↓ indicating
increased or decreased incidence over a period of 4 years and; in the case of Community a Priority or Not Priority as indicated by survey
result. Priority crimes are determined by a combination of the following ranking: H – M, ↑ and P ranking.

         CRIME                                        POLICE                   BOSCAR                              COMMUNITY
                                                      RISK/LIKELIHOOD/RESOURCE REPORTED                            PRIORITY
                                                      IMPACT                   INCIDENCE
         Murder                                          L                         ↓                                   Not measured

         Assault – domestic violence related                          M                                     ↑         NP

         Assault – non domestic violence related                      M                        ↓                      NP

         Sexual Assault                                   L                                                 ↑         NP
         Indecent assault, act of indecency & other
         sexual offences


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         CRIME                                       POLICE                   BOSCAR                              COMMUNITY
                                                     RISK/LIKELIHOOD/RESOURCE TREND                               PRIORITY
                                                     IMPACT
         Robbery without a weapon                       L                                                 ↑          NP
         Robbery with a firearm
         Robbery with a weapon but not a firearm
         Break and Enter – Dwelling                                              H                        ↑                       P

         Break and Enter – Non Dwelling                   L                                  ↓                       NP

         Motor Vehicle Theft                                         M                                    ↑          NP

         Steal from Motor Vehicle                                    M                                    ↑          NP

         Steal from Retail Store                          L                                  ↓                       NP

         Steal from Dwelling                                         M                                    ↑                       P

         Steal from Person                                L                                  ↓                       NP

         Fraud                                            L                                  ↓                       NP

         Malicious Damage to Property                                            H                        ↑                       P


Malicious Damage

One of the most frequent actions associated with malicious damage and vandalism is graffiti. At all three community consultations,
community concern regarding the presence of graffiti and the message that it sends of an unsafe and uncared for neighbourhood were of
specific concern. In addition, a recent survey of 89 local business houses saw vandalism rated most highly as the crime of concern. In

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most cases comment followed that graffiti was seen as the number one form of vandalism, in terms of occurrence. Council annual budget
for addressing vandalism has increased by approximately 30% over the past three years. Removal of graffiti represents 25% of the overall
budget allocated to address malicious damage and vandalism. The relevant Council officer reports that each year demand outstrips
resources by a minimum of 30%. The current trigger for response is “as soon as possible” where graffiti is offensive or names an
individual. The remainder is attended to if resources allow. It is agreed that graffiti is by far the most devastating form of malicious damage
facing the Greater Taree lga, an issue that has not escaped the eye of the media (see Manning River Times 30 April 2008).

Graffiti vandalism has a significant financial impact on the community; directly as a result of the cost of clean up and removal, which is
subsequently reflected in rising insurance, down turn in business and tourism visitation. In support of addressing graffiti management as a
means of reducing malicious damage it should be noted that the offensive visibility of graffiti also has a significant social impact, response
by community is usually an impression that crime is out of control. This was evidenced through the Community Crime Prevention Forums
held in the latter half of 2007. Graffiti has been shown (Kelling & Wilson, 1982) to encourage further criminal activity, which in turn
contributes to a general sense of apprehension and often unfounded fear of crime.

Kelling and Wilson’s paper Broken Window (1982) theorised the relationship between crime and further disorder: A broken window left
unattended will result in additional broken windows.

Each year, Council allocates in excess of $100,000, to the management of graffiti on public property, many incidences go untreated.
Formal policy that identifies Council’s position on graffiti and a process for responding to incidents is therefore recommended as a means
of controlling malicious damage and vandalism in the first instance.

Hotspot identification is made available through the BOCSAR local crime report and is reported as follows for malicious damage:




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As indicated, malicious damage is more prominent in the more highly populated residential townships of Taree, Wingham, Old Bar,
Harrington and Hallidays Point than in the rural balance of the local government area. In addition the report indicates that malicious
damage is least likely to occur in the months of June and November with the majority (11%) occurring in January and (10%) occurring in
April and July. The proportion of malicious damage to property by time of day and day of the week is depicted in the following graph.




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Malicious Damage by                                                                                           time of day and day of week.




Break and Enter (Dwelling)

Residential break and enter is one of the most frequently reported crimes to police, causing a variety of consequential effects, not limited
to the drain on police resources and the impact on individual victims.

International evidence (Chenery et al 1997) indicates that improving security of households by increasing perceived guardianship of
houses, making entry for potential offenders more difficult and more risky and decreasing opportunities to offend are legitimate means of
reducing the risk of break and enter to private residences.

In addition to this local government has a role in ensuring crime prevention through environmental design principles are embraced to
ensure the future safety of community.


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Education in reduced risk and improved security is necessary to ensure that opportunity for break and enter is reduced.

Hotspot identification is made available through the BOCSAR local crime report and is reported as follows for break and enters.




As indicated, break and enters are more prominent in the more highly populated residential townships of Taree, Wingham, Old Bar,
Harrington and Hallidays Point than in the rural balance of the local government area. In addition the report indicates that break and enters


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to private residences are least likely to occur in the months of April, June and July with the majority (16%) occurring in November and (10-
13%) occurring in January, February and September. The proportion of break and enters by time of day and day of the week is depicted in
the following graph.




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3.    ACTION PLAN

3.1   IMPLEMENTATION

A clear timeframe and identification of key partners to ensure implementation, is detailed in the Priority Areas and Strategies at Section
3.4. In each case funding will be required to ensure completion of entire strategies, however not all actions are reliant on funding. Subject
to endorsement by the NSW Attorney General’s Department, Council will be eligible to apply for Safer Community Compact funding.


3.2   MONITORING

Formed under Section 355 of the Local Government Act 1993, the Crime and Safety Committee is representative of various government
and community based organisations as well as members of the community, including a strong police representation. It remains the key
objective of this Committee to monitor implementation of the Crime Prevention Plans.

Until such time that funding is secured for the appointment of a Crime Prevention Officer, the Manager Community Services will resource
the Committee. Responsibility for implementation of the Plan lies with Council’s Community Services section within the Community
Development and Health Department. .


3.3   EVALUATION

Key performance indicators identified in the Priority Areas and Strategies detailed at Section 3.4, provide the basis for evaluation, which
will be monitored by the Crime and Safety Committee. Base line data will be sought regarding the number of reports of theft that include
serial number and the clear up rate prior to commencement of the relevant project.



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3.4        PRIORITY AREAS AND STRATEGIES

TARGET OFFENCE:                            Malicious Damage, specifically graffiti management
TARGET:                                    To achieve a 50% reduction in the financial burden of malicious damage and vandalism caused by graffiti and
                                           achieve an increase of 100% in Council’s response to graffiti on public and community property.
RATIONALE:                                 More vigilant attention to the presence of graffiti results in reduced overall malicious damage and vandalism to
                                           property. ‘Broken Window’ (1982, Kelling & Wilson) theorises the relationship between crime and disorder: A
                                           broken window left unattended soon results in additional broken windows.
STRATEGY:                                  The immediate removal of graffiti on public and community property and on prominent targeted premises in the
                                           central business districts (CBD) of the local government area (lga) – Taree, Wingham, Harrington, Old Bar and
                                           Hallidays Point.
ACTION/S                                   PERFORMANCE INDICATORS                         PARTNERS         TIME FRAMES          FUNDING REQUIRED
Engage a graffiti removal coordinator.     Better     strategic      and    coordinated GTCC               December 2008        $10,000
                                           response     between       community     and
                                           Council initiatives.
Establish community volunteer group Guage             interest    through    communit GTCC                 August 2008          NIL
to implement graffiti removal program      ymeetings. Recruit team of graffiti
                                           removal volunteers. 5 – 10
Review/Develop a graffiti removal Improved               reporting     recording    and GTCC               October 2008         NIL
policy – Rapid Removal Policy.             response to graffiti removal from public
                                           and community premises.
Develop     protocol    for   removal   of Improved responses to removal of GTCC                           October 2008         NIL
graffiti    from       targeted   private graffiti from non public and community Chambers             of
prominent premises in CBD.                 premises.                                      Commerce


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ACTION/S                                   PERFORMANCE INDICATORS                        PARTNERS   TIME FRAMES     FUNDING REQUIRED
Prepare online tool for reporting of Improved reporting, awareness and GTCC                         October 2008    NIL
graffiti on public and community involvement from the local community
property and on prominent targeted in the prevention of graffiti. 20 reports
premises in the CBD’s of the lga.          pa


Purchase specialised graffiti removal Reduced visibility of graffiti in lga - GTCC                  December 2008   $35,000
trailer   and   other   relevant   graffiti anecdotal.
removal         equipment      including
protective clothing.
Train volunteers in graffiti removal.      Reduced visibility of graffiti in lga.        GTCC       August 2008     $5,000
                                           Reduced burden on public monies and
                                           Council resources in removal of graffiti.
Integrate ‘Rapid Response’, graffiti Continued improved response to graffiti GTCC                   December 2009   $20,000
removal         program,       including removal in the lga Reduce costs 50%
coordination unit to Council’s core
function and budget.




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TARGET OFFENCE:                           Break and Enter (Dwelling)
TARGET:                                   Decreased opportunity for break and enter by CPTED, increased community engagement in crime prevention
                                          strategies for reduced break and enters and increased appropriate reporting of break and enters and stolen
                                          property.
RATIONALE:                                Increased home and design security can have a positive impact on risk of break and enter.
STRATEGY:                                 Develop a series of tools and experiences that educate and encourage individuals to undertake measures that
                                          decrease the possibility of experiencing a break and enter.
ACTION/S                                  PERFORMANCE INDICATORS                    PARTNERS                TIME FRAMES       FUNDING REQUIRED
Provide training in ‘Crime Prevention Increased number of Council staff GTCC                                August 2009       $5,000
Through      Environmental       Design’ trained in CPTED principles – 10 staff     Training    Unit    –
(CPTED) to relevant Planning and More             consistent    and    considered TBA
Building,   Community       Development strategic approach to application of
and Parks and Reserves officers and CPTED in lga.
members of Crime and Community
Safety Committee.
Prepare     CPTED    fact    sheet   and Increased knowledge of CPTED in GTCC                               October 2009      NIL
include     CPTED       principles    in relevant building sector.
Development Control Plan (DCP) Improved integration of CPTED in
review for distribution to architects planning and building sector.
and builders operating in lga.




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ACTION/S                                  PERFORMANCE INDICATORS             PARTNERS              TIME FRAMES     FUNDING REQUIRED
Develop    ‘Stop    Break’      resource Availability of CDRom and/or Hardcopy GTCC                February 2010   $35,000
program:                                  package and distribution strategy to MGLAC
CDRom and/or       Hardcopy package residents commenced.                     Sponsors          –
that    comprise      the       following 100 distributed annually           Security Firms and
information for residents of lga and in                                      Insurance
particular victims of break and enter:                                       companies – TBA


1.    Understanding Break &
Enter
2.    Making It Difficult for
Offenders – DIY Safety Audit
3.    Locks and Other Security
Devices
4.     Information for Victims –
Reporting Crimes and Victim Support
5.     Other Resources




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ACTION/S                                    PERFORMANCE INDICATORS                         PARTNERS     TIME FRAMES   FUNDING REQUIRED
Establish ‘ID your GEAR’ project            Number of households registering for GTCC                   June 2010     $10,000
1.      Purchase 20 engraving kits.         free engraving – 40pa.                         MGLAC
2.      Engage community volunteers Number             of     engravings     undertaken Community
to   undertake    free   engraving     of quarterly – 10.                                  Volunteers
property   and    recording    of   serial Increased        identification   of   stolen
numbers simultaneously.                     property – 10% .
3.      Develop online registration for Improved reporting of stolen property –
free engraving.                             by serial number – 25%.
4.      Prepare and distribute DIY
property    serial number recording
form
Prepare ‘No Repeats’ referral form to Proportion of ‘No Repeats’ initiated GTCC                         June 2010     NIL
be distributed to victims of break and requests for ‘Stop Breaks’ resource and MGLAC
enter by attending police.                  registration for ‘ID your GEAR’ – 20%
Referral   form    gives      information
regarding ‘Stop break’ and ‘ID your
GEAR’


NB: GTCC refers to Greater Taree City Council; MGLAC refers to Manning Great Lakes Area Command.




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4.    REFERENCES

Chenery, S., Holt, J. & Pease, K. (1997) Biting Back ii: Reducing repeat victimisation in
Huddersfield. Crime Detection and Prevention Series, 82. Home Office: London.

Kelling J. Q. & Wilson G. L. (1982) Broken Window. Atlantic Monthly.




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