Community told “If you do nothing, nothing will happen”

Local Area Commander Superintendent Beth Sturton addressed the Henty community last Tuesday regarding their concerns over vandalism. She is pictured with General manager Greater Hume Shire, Steven Pinnuck (left) and Inspector Grant Blanchard of Albury Local Area Command (right).The Henty community is considering setting up regular meetings with police to discuss local community concerns following a recent surge of vandalism in the town.

Greater Hume Shire mayor Cr Denise Osborne said it would be fantastic if the Henty community set up a similar body to that which operates in Lockhart where community representatives regularly meet with police to discuss local issues.

The recent surge of vandalism in Henty saw more than 100 residents attend a public meeting in the town last Tuesday night where they voiced their concerns.

The meeting was attended by the Local Area Commander Superintendent Beth Sturton from the Albury Local Area Command and Inspector Grant Blanchard.

Cr Osborne said the town had experienced a surge in petty vandalism in recent months and that the vandalism had upset many people in the town, particularly the elderly.

“What has being going on has been petty vandalism, mostly on public property such as the swimming pool, and on some private property as well,” she said

“The community in Henty is not used to that sort of thing.

“Many of the incidents of vandalism have occurred late at night when you would expect children to be under parental control.”

Superintendent Sturton stressed it was very important that residents reported all incidents of vandalism to the police.

Superintendent Sturton also told the meeting that the police would ensure that they kept the community informed of their progress in dealing with reports of


Cr Osborne said the people at the meeting were very pleased to hear that many of the incidents that had been reported had resulted in charges being laid.

She also said that people should report all incidents even when they knew the local police officer was not available as there were seven other police officers in the area who could deal with complaints.

“If you do nothing, nothing will happen,” Cr Osborne said.

She said people at the meeting expressed their genuine support of the local police


Cr Osborne said that people felt a lot more confident that the spike in vandalism in the town could be addressed following the


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