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Police report with Inspector Scott Flude

NewsJoanne EisemannComment

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THIS MONTH I want to talk about crime in rural areas and ways everyone can help us as investigators learn what is happening, enabling us to deal with it in a positive and timely manner.

The importance of this was evident in a recent meeting with a local farmer and current president of the TFGA, Wayne Johnston.

Wayne and I sat down with the Police minister Rene Hidding to discuss all aspects of crime in the rural community, including perceptions of how good or bad it is and ways to help each other going forward.

From information relayed by Wayne concerning other farmers, it seems there are things occurring in rural settings that we as Police are just not aware of.

I think the public have a feeling we know everything that is happening and who is committing crimes but in some instances we don’t, as no-one has given us the information that is out there, as someone always knows.

My officers and I take pride in having and building on information about who is perhaps committing crime in our community and we continue to build a good rapport with the community whenever we can.

I have no doubt that some things do occur that are never reported to Police and I would like to ask everyone to keep an eye out and report things to us.

There is no such thing as bad information and as it comes in, we can build a picture on who may be responsible for any crimes or offences that are committed.

People in our community, not just our police, have a role to play in keeping everyone safe, and keeping a keen eye out for anything suspicious plays a huge part in being a responsible member of our community.