Marina crime on the rise

Break-ins and disengaged young people were the main issues raised at a community forum held by local police last week.

About 30 people attended the forum at the Port Lincoln TAFE on Wednesday to raise their concerns with Eyre and Western police about issues in the community. 

Among the attendees was Port Lincoln City councillor Diana Mislov who said her house had been broken into four times and she had solved the problem by purchasing a German shepherd dog.

A number of people who attended the forum brought up an increase of crime at the Port Lincoln marina, including one woman who said her marina home had been broken into five times in as many years.

Acting Eyre and Western Local Service Area Superintendent Brett Humphrey said the forum was a way for the police to engage with members of the community and to respond to community concerns with a change in policing strategies.

Superintendent Humphrey said police could be “way off” with the wants of the community and the forum was a way to align policing goals with the community’s needs.

He said members of the public should always report crime to the police, no matter how small the incident.

“It could be a piece of the puzzle (which helps solve other crimes),” Mr Humphrey said.

Superintendent Humphrey said police monitored crime trends and reports from the community and other agencies, and made recommendations about where resources should be focused.

He said the on duty police sergeant was responsible for allocating resources, such as patrol cars, in real time to respond to crimes.

Officer in charge senior sergeant Pete Murray said there were “no less than” 10 people on a curfew at all times in Port Lincoln, and the curfew generally ran between dusk and dawn.

He said if people on curfew were not at home when required, police would track them down and arrest them.

Acting sergeant Vicky Taylor said youth offending in general had reduced in the previous four years.

“Parents receiving parenting classes and taking responsibility for their children would be a good start in the prevention of youth offending,” Ms Taylor said. 

She said arrests of youths were “the same names, all of the time.” 

Port Lincoln City mayor Bruce Green said he had been made aware of concerns in the marina by a resident about three weeks ago and had written to police but had not received a response.