Strong stance: Western Region Commander and NSW Police Corporate Spokesperson for Rural Crime, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie.
FRAUD is a crime category which is high on the agenda for rural police, one which Western Regional Commander Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie says is on the increase.
“Alot of these frauds are committedon people who are living in rural areas for any number of reasons,” he said.
Theannual Rural Crime Investigators Conference on October 25 and 26 gave34 specially-trained Rural Crime Investigators (RCIs) from NSW Police the opportunity to meet and discuss crime trends and subsequent strategies specific to rural and regional NSW.
“Rural crime is a very significant issue for us at the moment right across New South Wales and it’s important we take the opportunity to bring our specialist investigators together and put them in a room where they are talking with experts for other parts of the rural industries, so they gain an understanding of contemporary issues,”Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.
“It’s also a great opportunity for them to network and share experiences and talk about matters they are investigating along the way.”
Technology was a theme which featured highly duringthe conference.
“Certainly that technology enabled crime is a significant issue for us but it’s also a plus as well,”Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.
“Talking about the value of GPS, cameras and drones and the ability to use aircraft and all those sort of things to help us with the detection for the investigation as well.”
He said alot of people can betargeted because of the isolation of their properties and if they go away on holidaysthey can become a ‘soft target’ for thieves.
Stock theft, bio-security and illegal hunting were also issues discussed at the conference.
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