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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
Strathfield Scene 13 election special www.ourstrathfield.com The Scene debate: How to crack crime Candidates for Strathfield provide their views on crime. (The Greens had yet to choose a candidate after the withdrawal of Christine Donayre.) Mark SharMa, Independent candidate for Strathfield “S trathfield might be a very popular area for home-buyers and renters but in last few years crime situa- tion has worsened. The recent NSW Crimes statistics are testimony to this fact. We are four times more likely to be robbed in Strathfield than rest of the state. I’ve seen and reported crime myself on numerous occasions in Strathfield in last 12 to18 months. Burwood, which is such an important part of Strathfield electorate, now holds a dubious distinction: residents are four times more likely to be robbed at gunpoint then the state average. “It is clear that crime prevention is not a priority of the present Labor Govern- ment. Ms Judge promised Strathfield a fully-fledged police station last time, but she failed to deliver: a small helpdesk was shifted from The Boulevarde to Strathfield Plaza. We have to wait for Flemington com- mand, which is already overstretched. “If elected, I will push the government of the day to set up a fully-fledged police station in Strathfield. This will also reduce crime at Strathfield train station. “The best way to reduce crime is by invest- ing in crime prevention rather than CCTV cameras. We need a bigger police presence all throughout the year rather than just before elections as it is happening now. Labor Gov- ernment is not recruiting enough police. “I also believe that we need to strengthen our laws especially in the area of drug crime and violent robberies. At the moment there is a perception in the society that most drug-related criminals get away with a slap on the wrist. This greatly demoralises our police force. ” CharleS CaSuSCellI, liberal candidate for Strathfield “M any people have expressed con- cern over the growing crime rate in our community, not just based on statistics but unfortunately from personal experiences. They are understandably concerned by the lack of any effective action by the state Labor Government. “An O’Farrell Government is committed to reversing the rising crime rate in the Strathfield electorate through a law and order policy which has been sorely lacking under the Labor admin- istration. “The Liberals will put more cops on the beat, and target areas such as Ashfield where there has been a spike in crime and anti-social behaviour. “Increased safety around all of our railway sta- tions can be achieved by ensuring transit officers are more effectively utilised and target transport- related crime hotspots like Strathfield Station. I will personally work with the various local councils in the electorate to help build infrastruc- ture that enhances community safety. “A Coalition Government will strengthen ‘move on’ powers so they can be used for individ- uals and introduce the new offence of ‘drunk and disorderly’ under the Summary Offences Act. “ We will expand and modernise Neighbour- hood Watch, including a specialist team to support local police and Neighbourhood Watch in the Strathfield electorate. “Under the Labor Party the electorate of Strathfield has seen an increase in criminal activ- ity. Strathfield is the fourthmost dangerous sta- tion in the city rail network. Between 2003 and 2007, stealing from a motor vehicle increased by nearly 11 per cent. “Strathfield has no fully functioning police station and, under the Labor Government, En- field and Flemington police stations have also been closed. In contrast to the initiatives that we have announced, Labor’s record on crime, is a crime. ” VIrgInIa Judge labor candidate for Strathfield “S trathfield residents have a right to live in a safe, friendly environment, which is why I have campaigned to maintain a strong police presence in our community. “I have fought for and delivered a new state-of-the-art $17 million police station for Burwood and a new mobile police van for Burwood. I’ve also pushed for additional resources, and we’ve had record increases in the number of police officers in the local area commands. In December I welcomed 12 new officers to the Burwood Local Area Command, and the Flemington Local Area Command received 27 new probationary constables. “ The good news is that we’re getting strong results, with independent data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research showing that crime is stable or falling in 16 of 17 categories. The key improvements from the latest figures show that in the Burwood Local Area Command: • Stealing from a person is down 29 per cent • Stealing from a retail store is down 14 per cent • Stealing from dwellings is down 5.6 per cent “ While it’s heartening that the independent evidence suggests that safety in our area is improving, I will keep fighting for additional resources to keep our community free from crime. Police use resources including independent statistical reports, and CCTV footage, to identify local hotspots, establish local strategies and allocate resources to better deal with crime. For this reason, I will be writing to Strathfield Council to support an application to the Federal Government for additional CCTV cameras. ” food glorious food Every restaurant and food shop listed in the Good Food Guide read it online at www.ourstrathfield.com.au gdfdGuide