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Terranora residents fight crime

Sergeant Stuart Crawford, with neighbourhood watch residents Rex Smart, Peter Graham, John Pitt, Betty Smart, Lyn Pickett and Cassandra Picket. The group will hold a public meeting this week.
Sergeant Stuart Crawford, with neighbourhood watch residents Rex Smart, Peter Graham, John Pitt, Betty Smart, Lyn Pickett and Cassandra Picket. The group will hold a public meeting this week. John Gass

ANYONE planning to commit crime at Terranora had better "think again."

The small town's residents have had enough.

A recent spate of crime has sparked a move to fight back, with Terranora's Neighbourhood Committee calling for the reformation of the town's Neighbourhood Watch.

Chair of the committee, Peter Graham said residents needed to band together to tackle the problem.

"We need to help each other keep a look out," he said.

"With the use of social media and Facebook we are now easily able to let people know what's happening and to pass on information from the police quickly and effectively.

"Anyone thinking about targeting property in Terranora had better think again from now on as we will be liaising with other NHW groups in the Tweed, as well as police."

Tweed police's Sgt Stuart Crawford said residents played a vital part in combating crime.

"They act as the eyes and ears of the community," he said.

"They will notice if something is out of place.

"We rely on the community for information in solving crimes.

"They might provide the last piece of that jigsaw puzzle."

Tweed/Byron LAC Project "eyewatch" empowers residents to participate in crime prevention.

The NSW Police Force uses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to provide information about policing activities and general information. It also uses these networking sites to assist in trying to identify suspects for criminal offences by publishing images.

The Project "eyewatch" aims to engage the community to participate in law enforcement at a level never seen before under specific governance.

Terranora resident Betty Smart said through "eyewatch" and Neighbourhood Watch, the community was sending a message to potential offenders.

"We will be a force to be reckoned with," she said.

If you would like to attend Terranora's Neighbourhood Watch next meeting phone Mr Graham on 0400 821 140 or Mrs Smart on 07 5590 4162.

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