Danger zones on the Tweed

IF YOU are killed on Tweed roads then you are most likely to have died in a traffic crash in Murwillumbah on a Sunday afternoon, the Tweed Daily News can reveal.

Cars are most likely to get stolen from Duranbah Beach, businesses are most likely to be broken into in the Tweed Heads South industrial estate and graffiti vandals are targeting Banora Point, according to recent police statistics.

"If you are to have a fatal traffic crash (in the Tweed/Byron Command) it will most likely be on a Sunday afternoon in the Murwillumbah area," Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said.

Snr Const Eppelstun said this included Tweed Valley Way, Kyogle Road and Numinbah Road and was due to a number of factors including the winding roads, the high volume of traffic and the presence of motorcycles.

The new statistics have given local police a reliable snapshot of the region, with Snr Const Eppelstun able to pinpoint other areas where an incident or a crime is most likely to occur.

Tweed Heads continually has more assaults than other areas within the command, including Byron Bay, but you are more likely to be assaulted in your home in Tweed, compared to on the street in Byron Bay. Last month, there were 35 assaults in Tweed Heads, 28 in Byron Bay, 11 in Murwillumbah and 11 in Kingscliff. Of those in Tweed Heads, 57 per cent were alcohol-related and 26 per cent were domestic violence-related.

"Month by month domestic violence is prevalent and alcohol is involved in most domestic incidents," Snr Const Eppelstun said.

"But assault covers a range of things -- anything from two school kids getting into a fight while they wait for the bus." While car theft and stealing from motor vehicles spiked at different times of the year, police said the car park at Duranbah Beach was a constant hotspot for car thieves.

"We can have four of five stolen cars there a week, once we had about seven or eight and it is because when people go surfing they don't secure their keys," Snr Const Eppelstun said.

"You can have a run of stolen vehicles but the target has to be there. The thing with D-bah is there is always surf and there are always cars there. Criminals watch people dump their keys or hide them in their towel before they go in the water."

Of the 16 graffiti attacks that occurred within the region during August, including a large attack on a Terranora shopping centre, the majority of incidents occurred at Winders Place and Kentia Crescent at Banora Point.

Greenway Drive, Industry Drive and Corporation Circuit are the areas criminals will most likely break into businesses due to the lack of traffic flow at night, police say. Other businesses that serve as crime targets include caravan and holiday parks and pharmacies. Snr Const Eppelstun said holiday parks were targeted because people tended not to secure their belongings.

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