They are the statistics none of us want to read, but the story they tell will come as no surprise to the residents of Tamworth.
Increases in 13 of the 17 major crime offences tell a sorry and sad story about the predicament Tamworth has found itself in through no fault of its own.
The statistics are also a clear message to the NSW government that it has to do more to help Tamworth overcome these issues.
The statistics speak for themselves and are unacceptable in any community.
Hoping the crime rate in Tamworth will sort itself out is not a plan. There needs to be a thorough analysis of what is causing the increase, what part of the community is responsible, and what can be done to clean up an unacceptable situation.
We have more police, but no significant turn around in results. Why?
With some solid evidence to back its case, the same ministers who were invited to Tamworth in August to attend the second community law and order meeting, should be invited back to explain what they are going to do to solve this problem.
After all it is their problem. It is their job to help fix. The community can only do so much itself.
Tamworth’s thoughts will be the family of the police officer who was killed in the line of duty at Oakville in the Hawkesbury region north west of Sydney yesterday.
The death of the 45-year-old senior detective comes nine months after
Tamworth highway patrol officer Senior Constable David Rixon was shot and killed in the line of duty in a Tamworth street.
Two deaths in such a short space of time will rock the NSW Police Force and again highlights the dangers police face each day. It once more sadly reflects on our
society, that the men and women who are charged with the responsibility of keeping the community safe, step into violent situations and become victims themselves.