"Tamworth is a great place, but I don't think we should fight for it - we should work for it."
They are the words of frustration spoken by a Tamworth woman who has put the call out to the community to cut back on the social media rhetoric and inane threats and "take some positive, long-term and realistic actions to help beat the rise in local crime."
The issue has been eating away at Andrea Kwast for months, until on Monday morning she finally snapped after reading about another break-in, and decided to do a post of her own.
In that post, on a well known public Facebook page, Ms Kwast asked for people to respond if they had been broken into, or knew someone who had been broken into recently, and while the results are far from scientific the plan was to test the depth of frustration.
"Every single day someone puts up a post that they have been broken into or stolen from," she said.
"And every day there are hundreds of comments saying we need to do something about it - but there is no structure or real action to support the police - they are doing the best they can with limited resources.
"Vigilantes aren't going to work - we need some positive community action."
Within 12 hours of that post going up 124 people flagged that they had been the victims of theft, with another 274 saying they knew someone who was.
"There is a real problem in Tamworth and people are really fed up, so let's do something constructive and not destructive to help ourselves," Ms Kwast said.
"I don't want to blame or target anyone, I just want to look at realistic solutions."
Since that post on Monday Ms Kwast has already looked at re-invigorating the local Neighbourhood Watch program as a starting point, and is planning to start campaigning with council and our state and federal members for more assistance, including the implementation of a second police station in South Tamworth.
Oxley PD Crime Manager Jason Darcy said the command would welcome "an effective" Neighbourhood Watch, and urged residents to look after each other, and call the police first, before going to Facebook.
"Crime continues to be a problem and is a major focus with all available resources going into it," he said.
"We are not coming across new people, they are known and most of them are already on bail, but we just can't sit outside their houses all night.
"If residents see strange people, or kids on bikes in neighbourhoods where they are not known call the police and let the neighbours know.
"It doesn't matter how trivial it is we map all of these calls to target hot spots - everything helps."