Different rules for Coraki and Nimbin
As I read your front page report on the Nimbin raids (Echo, April 3) I could only feel mounting anger and frustration. Why are the police unable to extend the same level of concern about criminal activities in other nearby north coast towns?
For the last six months the street in which I live (not just my home) has been targetted by a group of criminals, breaking in and stealing and/or trashing our homes. I have personally been broken into five times, mycar has been damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it and most others in the street have similar stories to tell. Some of these criminals live in the same street and act together with others nearby and so are able to watch and know if we are out of the house. As soon as this occurs we are broken into a push bike ride, a quick trip to the local shop to buy milk, is enough of an invitation to these bastards. These people are so brazen they are not even waiting for us to go out but are climbing in through windows left open to cool down the house while were at home or blatantly searching through back sheds while were at home. We are then threatened and intimidated by these criminals if we try to protect our property.
These people become more and more cocky (and dangerous) because the police are just not there to support us in our need. All these incidents have been reported to the police but their response is just not good enough. On occasions when we have been aware a break-in is occurring and the intruders are still on the property and have rung for assistance, it has been hours, not minutes, afterwards that the police have arrived. Opportunities to identify intruders from police records have taken six weeks to organise. Complaints to higher levels of command and talks with local politicians have assured us that all will be done to change these anomalies in response times, but it is still continuing.
Further complaints are now just being met with the response: keep on documenting and reporting these events and just keep on going with your life. What life? We are prisoners in our own homes! If I want to go out and visit friends or just go shopping I have to organise a housesitter. I have been trying to start a small business that involves selling at local markets but cannot always find someone to housesit on these occasions so that has gone by the wayside for the moment. My neighbour, who is very community-minded running the school tuckshop and starting a breakfast program at the local school is now unable to leave her house and this program has stalled. Her husband is concerned for his job because he is being called home from work to cope with the mess and upset caused by break-ins.
Were tired and angry at this lack of action and care for our situation. Forget about Nimbin and a few harmless dope-smokers, its time to get tough on the real criminals who are making our life a misery!
Name and address withheld by request