State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today meet with the new Lake Macquarie Local District Commander of Police to discuss policing in the Wallsend electorate.
The meeting will be an opportunity to raise community concerns around car theft in the suburb of Cardiff, which is almost two and a half times the state average and steal from motor vehicles is double the state average.
NSW has the lowest ratio of Police Officers to population of any major Australian state, with only 215 officers for every 100,000 people and in Lake Macquarie it is less than 100 officers for every 100,000 people.
Lake Macquarie Local Police District only received one new officer in the latest allocation of Police recruits.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“The Wallsend electorate covers three Local Police Districts and the major cause for concern seems to be the fringes where the Districts meet.”
“These areas receive the least Police attention and are being neglected when it comes to resources.”
“On average, Local Police Districts have 215 officers per 100,000 people but in Lake Macquarie it is only 186 officers for a population of more than 200,000.”
“I want to see a commitment to increasing the presence of Police in this part of the electorate. We are sick and tired of being ignored on the fringes.”
“The latest BOCSAR statistics show Cardiff has a growing problem with car theft, with the figures two and a half times the State average.”
“This is simply not good enough. I will not allow this to continue.”
“There must be more Police resources allocated to the outer areas of the Wallsend electorate.”