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Spike in property crime includes 'mindless' vandalism of community spaces

A spike in property crime across Tamworth has local police on high alert as they roster on additional patrols and undercover officers.

Multiple stolen cars and alleged break and enters have occurred over the last month with police and community members taking to social media to air their grievances.

Detective Inspector Jason Darcy, Crime Manager for the Oxley Police District, said police are focusing on the recent spike in property crime and need the community's help.

"We always take these reports seriously," Detective Darcy said," We have extra car crews, extra detectives and the project crime team working through the night, there's police in unmarked cars, bikes and now we have the police dog out."

Tamworth Regional Council yesterday aired frustration at what they described as "mindless vandalism" at the "community’s most fantastic spaces".

The Facebook post lists 16 instances of vandalism at the Waler War Memorial, Tamworth Regional Playground, public toilets and the Tamworth Regional Skate Park.

The Council stated they've had enough and called on the community to report any anti-social behaviour or vandalism they witness.

"This vandalism is largely happening in the middle of the day with other users at the park, by young pre-teen and teen offenders," said the Tamworth Regional Council.

Detective Inspector Darcy believes people in the community know who the offenders are, but refuse to help police.

"We can work away at targeting these people, but we need assistance from the community," Detective Darcy said, "If you know things contact the police, don't just post on Facebook."

"If people in the community have relatives or friends that live at their house and they are out at night at 3 am and up to no good, they need to contact police."

Oxley Police District regularly post images taken from CCTV footage to their Facebook page and Detective Darcy said if you see someone you know in the images, contact Tamworth Police on 6768 2999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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