Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

FIGHTING CRIME, ONE SWING AT A TIME Clear-Up Rate Big Boost to Police Morale; Police Bathe in the Gloryof a High Clear-Up Rate

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

FIGHTING CRIME, ONE SWING AT A TIME Clear-Up Rate Big Boost to Police Morale; Police Bathe in the Gloryof a High Clear-Up Rate

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Byline: DOMINIC FEAIN dominic.feain@northernstar.com

A RECENT spate of high-profile arrests in the RichmondLocal Area Command (RLAC) may give the appearance of a crime wave, but new statistics show crime is at record lows.

Police say the real reason for the high number of alleged armed robbers, home invaders, burglars and serious drug dealers facing court and gracing the front pages over the past few months is a highlymotivated local command that is simply catching more crooks and solving more crimes.

Apart from the high-profile arrests of a gang of suspects charged over a series of armed robberies and a ram raid; and another group a dubbed the tomato sauce gang a now before the courts for a series of destructive break-ins, the RLAC's recent crime clear-up rate is regularly two to three times the NSW average.

This positions the RLAC as one of the best-performing commands in NSW.

In July, RLAC police almost achieved a 100 per cent clear-up for robberies and break-ins and, if investigations proceed on their current track, the trend could continue.

Police have had a series of spectacular results lately following some lightening-fast responses by general duties officers resulting in the arr-ests of key suspects and the fast progression of investigations.

Some of these include the arrests of four men for the armed robbery of the East Lismore Ballina Club last week and two men who allegedly robbed a money courier at the Lismore KFC the week before that.

Despite the Richmond LAC being one of the biggest of the State's 79 commands a taking in Lismore, Ballina, Evans Head, Lennox Head Kyogle, Casino and surrounding towns and villages a reported crime is down in all major crime categories.

Comparisons with other commands can be difficult, as the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics bases its analysis on local government areas rather than local area commands. …

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