AFTER having his bike stolen and then being assaulted two days later, Nathan Franklin says he’s had enough of Orange’s spiraling crime rates and is moving.
Mr Franklin, 24, says he fears for his own safety and believes Orange is no place to raise a family.
Mr Franklin said he’d like to see Orange City Council work with police to install more CCTV cameras in a number of locations around the city, including, John Lomas Skate Park.
“I’ve lived in Orange for the past 12 years, on and off, and I know lots of people who have had things happen to them,” he said.
“There’s vandalism and theft all over town.
“The bad outweighed the good.”
Mr Franklin’s bike was stolen from the skate park last week and two days later he was assaulted.
“Now I’m constantly looking over my shoulder and I really don’t like that,” he said.
“A lot of my friends are also moving, they just don’t want to bring up a family here.
“They’re moving to get away from here.”
Mr Franklin blames youth boredom, drugs and an under-resourced police force for contributing to the problem.
“They’re bored, so they get involved in narcotics and I don’t blame them.”
Mr Franklin said while crime is not confined to one section of the city, there are certain areas that he would avoid at night.
“I wouldn’t walk through Glenroi at night if you paid me,” he said.
“My fiance and I are moving to Kiama, last time I went there on holiday you could walk around at 11 at night with not a care in the world.”