Community invited to rural crime workshops

Rural Crime Prevention team investigators hit the road for community workshops

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The North West Zone will host community engagement workshops.

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Rural Crime Investigators from across the North West Zone will host community engagement workshops to develop target hardening strategies for victims of rural crime.

Landholders and community members are invited to attend the meetings which will be held in Barraba, Manilla, Walgett, Nyngan and Cobar in the coming months.

NSW Police Force - Rural Crime Prevention Team members will discuss the roles and functions of local rural crime Investigators, their intent to engage and assist rural landholders in deterring and preventing crime, and the target hardening strategies available for repeat victims.

General community questions and concerns will be addressed at the conclusion of each presentation.

The community engagement workshops have been developed in response to the significant psychological and financial impact on farmers and landholders as a result of rural crime.

Between 2015 and 2020, nearly 11,000 cattle and more than 100,000 sheep were reported stolen to the NSW Police Force.

"The violation of an intruder entering your private property and stealing from you has a considerable affect on your emotional state and your sense of safety and security," Rural Crime Prevention Team state coordinator Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Whiteside said.

"Subsequently, the Rural Crime Prevention Team is working with rural communities to assist with developing 'target hardening' strategies for your property."

Workshop details are as follows:

Barraba Bowling Club - March 17, 7pm

Manilla RSL and Ex-Servicemens Club - March 25, 7pm

Walgett Sports Club - April 21, 6pm

Nyngan Bowling Club - May 26, 6pm

Cobar Bowling Club - June 23, 6pm

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