INDEPENDENT candidate for New England Jamie McIntyre said crime levels in the New England had been raised with him by many voters on the campaign trail.
He said he’d earmarked rising crime levels as something he intended addressing if elected on September 7.
Mr McIntyre said the latest statistics from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showed that in 2012 in the Tamworth Regional Council area, break and enters and motor vehicle theft had both risen.
He said it would be his aim to reduce the crime rate if elected.
“Many people believe the underlying aspects of crime rates, such as economic factors, are not being addressed and if they continue to be ignored the crime rates will not change,” he said.
“Crime is at the top of the list of major social ills.”
Mr McIntyre said we should look at other areas in the state that have reduced their crime rates and learn from them.
“One novel solution to the crime rate in Redfern, is for local youths to box with NSW police at dawn,” he said.
“It is claimed this policy has saved some of Redfern’s most troubled indigenous youth from a life of crime and prison.”
Nothing could ever take the place of increased police effectiveness though, he said, with focusing resources on the areas that achieved the greatest results still the most effective way of reducing crime.
“Leading detectives have attended some of my political events to express also their concerns with the legal system, which they believe reduces a lot of their efforts, as often perpetrators of crime are given light sentences,” he said.