Casino Safety First; Crime Prevention Officer to Recommend Security Options

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Byline: Mel McMillan mel.mcmillan@northernstar.com.au

A SAFETY audit conducted in Casino last week has found that Richmond Valley Council should remove the footbridge that crosses the Richmond River.

Crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, said an audit of the CBD would recommend the footbridge, near the RTA, be replaced with a span bridge.

The current bridge has a number of areas where people approaching and crossing the bridge cannot be seen.

The audit will also recommend the town's alleyways and laneways, of which there are many, be fenced off.

"Some people use concealment for opportunistic crime," Sen Const Hogan said.

This comes from the NSW Bureau of Crime and Statistics Research which yesterday released figures for the June quarter.

The data shows that for the Richmond Valley local government area, the number of assaults was down 20 per cent over the 24 months to June.

Incidents of stealing from cars were also down 17pc over the same time period.

But Sen Const Hogan said the audit was about looking at ways to make Casino's CBD conducive to people wanting to be there. …