Community Policing

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Do we need a crime-buster  superman or superwoman? We certainly need political parties to stop arguing about crime statistics – When many crimes go un-recorded by police!

Major political parties continue to argue back and forth if crime is increasing or not.

WE NEED NOT FEEL THREATENED IF CRIME STATISTICS RISE. THIS CAN BE A RESULT OF INCREASED REPORTING, INCREASED APPREHENSION AND INCREASED CHARGES AND CONVICTIONS. BUT WE DO NEED AN EFFICIENT POLICE RESPONSE SYSTEM WITH A WILLINGNESS FOR THE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS AND MAKE ARRESTS.

The policing and judicial systems will be judged as more effective when home, contents and car insurance premiums decrease. Thereby making the cost of living easier for Victorians.

We can make things much easier for the police and the courts by having Community Justice Panels. These have worked successfully overseas and also in Australian experiments. Community members such as Justices of the Peace, psychologists, social workers and in the case of First Nation peoples, community elders, review the evidence and the perpetrators’ willingness to make amends and recommend community service orders.

Residents know that on the ground many reported crimes are not added in to police databases and many crimes are not investigated:

  • A drone is seen flying near an adjourning property of a separated couple. The swish new machine has cameras pointing into the backyard of the member of a separated couple. Because the drone is not over their property there is nothing that can be done to stop the ex-partner using the drone for observation or stalking.

  • Graffiti diminishes the amenity and devalues the Bentleigh area when train lines and community facilities are raided in the night. There should be an appropriate investment in youth art activities, but a clear condition of entry and award of prizes should ban perpetrators of graffiti offences for 12 months, as a minimum.

  • A 28 year old gets up in the morning to find glue in his vehicle’s petrol tank, the next day the vehicle has lines of scratches over it. Police do not investigate they say “There is nothing we can do.”

  • A party is held at a house in Tucker Road. Late in the night a group of young people from the party loudly paraded the nearby streets scratching cars to the dismay of local residents and car owners. Around $13,000 worth of damage is reported to police. The police attend the house in Tucker Road and the parents say, “It was not the children from our party”.  Local residents find their car insurance premiums increase when renewal notices come.

  • A local resident is shirt fronted a, assaulted and a mobile phone is taken from her, The constable taking the report does not write it up. The telecommunications company will not follow through because the matter was reported to the police and their contractor is left free to repeat the behaviour at whim.

  • A builder has water disconnected at a property. While the new home is been built, tradesmen, concreters, bricklayers, plasterers all connect their hoses to adjoining properties. The police are not interested in the water theft.  South East Water will not send anyone out to investigate and the neighbours are forced to pay for the water used in the cost of construction.

  • Organised crime rings set up businesses to send money overseas, they under-report earnings to the Australian Taxation Office and there are insufficient probity and integrity staff to work with State and Federal police to ensure Australian money stays in Australia.

  • Two concerned friends separately drop by to check a local resident is okay. Unexpectedly they had received a request for help after a possible car accident. When the email scam was referred to the police they said they “could do nothing”.  A written reply from the Federal MP said the issue was a State matter.