ON THE BEAT

By ROXANNE MILLAR

CRIME on the Tweed has fallen for the second time in six months, but police are still not happy.

Fearing a seasonal spike in offences over the summer period, they will increase their staffing levels to stave off a resurgence in the crimes that have slowly been falling away.

Statistics released by Tweed Police yesterday show assaults, drug offences, robberies, thefts and motor vehicle thefts are all on the downward spiral in Tweed Heads.

A Crime Statistics Bureau study also shows throughout the Tweed Byron Local Area Command that assaults have fallen by 5.3 per cent, break-and-enter offences into homes by six per cent, other break- and-enter offences by 21 per cent and stealings from a motor vehicle by 23.9 per cent in the 12 months since September 2003.

An identical study in June found similar results.

Tweed police inspector Greg Carey said the crime fall had attracted the praise of police commissioner Ken Moroney in his crime review of the LAC.

But he said they would not be lulled into complacency by the favourable figures.

"We are doing reasonably well but I wouldn't say that crime is at a satisfactory level - no crime is satisfactory," he said.

"We are going to continue to challenge ourselves and push harder and harder in the area.

"We will double in size over Christmas our anti-theft squad and bike unit. The anti-theft unit will operate in uniforms and in plain clothes on overt and covert operations so crooks better beware."

Inspector Carey said the increase in staff was due to the seasonal nature of crime, especially property theft in tourist areas.

He attributed the crime fall to proactive policing strategies.

"We have a lot of proactive strategies that target known offenders and hot spots in the area, in particular the bike unit, anti-theft squad and Target Action Group," Insp Carey said.

"We are happy with how we go with that and our interaction with the Queensland police service."



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