Ken and Anita McGrath and Tyalgum Hall committee member Bruce Bartrim are hoping to form a Neighbourhood Watch group.
Ken and Anita McGrath and Tyalgum Hall committee member Bruce Bartrim are hoping to form a Neighbourhood Watch group. Blainey Woodham

Tyalgym fights crime together

THE tight-knit community of Tyalgum is banding together to protect the village.

Residents are holding a public meeting next week with the hope of starting a Neighbourhood Watch group.

One of the meeting organisers, Bruce Bartrim, said the action followed a wild weekend last month.

“There was a lot of vandalism and graffiti after a party at the hall,” Mr Bartrim said.

“The school was (vandalised) and one glass panel in the phone box was broken.

“A big branch of a tree in memorial park had been broken off, which would have required two or three people hanging off it.”

Mr Bartrim said public spaces as well as businesses in Coolman Street were targeted.

“We are working on starting a Neighbourhood Watch group because we don't want people taking things into their own hands,” he said.

“Vigilante action is not a solution.”

Combined Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch secretary Gordon Levenson was hopeful the group would get running.

“I think this may have shaken them into action,” Mr Levenson said.

“What we need them to do down there is be aware of what's going on in their village.”

If it is created, it will be the area's 16th group.

“We have the largest concentration of Neighbourhood Watch groups in NSW,” Mr Levenson said.

Tweed Police Inspector Greg Jago will also attend the Tyalgum Hall meeting on Thursday at 7pm DST.



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