It?s up to all of us to combat crime



Everyone has a part to play if we are to reduce the crime rate in our city.

What are we going to do about the crime which seems to be infecting our city at the moment?

There has been a spate of shootings, bashings, rapes and murders.

It's not the image we want to present to the rest of the world.

So what are we going to do about it?

New police chief Trevor Wockner and I spoke about the problem yesterday and he is adamant that he will reduce crime on Rockhampton streets.

Having said that, we both agree the level of crime in Rockhampton is no greater than any other city of the same size in Australia.

There is no question that police have the primary role in any campaign to stem violence.

But they swing into action only after the crime has been committed. It is not their role to cure the social ills of our society.

That must start in the community and with governments at all levels.

We, as residents of Rockhampton, also have our part to play.

We need to assume personal responsibility for the criminal acts we see or suspect are being carried out.

That means not turning a blind eye and hoping someone else will do the right thing.

If you see someone threatening another person, call for help straight away. Don't wait for the crime to occur.

Do you know of neighbours who are committing violence against family members?

If you do, report them to police.

We all need to do our bit. The Bulletin is sponsoring a Stop the Violence campaign ? but that is only words unless we can get the community to back us up.

If you know of a crime, report it. It's YOUR responsibility. See you next week . . .



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