THE Canowindra petition to provide a permanent rostered police presence in the town reached 1100 signatures the day after three businesses were allegedly broken into.
However, according to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research report, Canowindra has had an average of less than two break and enters a month for the last financial year, 26 assaults, six motor vehicle thefts and 10 incidents of theft from a car.
Canowindra, at the last census, had a population of 2381.
By comparison, Molong, which has a population of 2515 had 11 assaults, eight break and enters, four motor vehicle thefts and 27 incidents of theft from a car.
Canowindra resident Phil Gersbach said the statistics and the petition were evidence the town needed a higher police presence.
The town joins Ungarie, in the Bland Shire, which is also calling for a permanent rostered police presence.
Mr Gersbach said it was not right that smaller towns were left unmanned while police officers performed tasks such as prisoner transfers.
“If there was an emergency somewhere else that would be fine for them to go to assist there,” he said.
Canowindra has two police officers.
Canobolas Local Area Command Superintendent David Driver said he was happy to meet with concerned residents at a meeting on Tuesday.
“There is going to be a community meeting in respect to crime trends and we will give an explanation on how we respond,” he said.
Cabonne councillor Kevin Walker believes crime in the town has gotten out of hand lately, but is under the impression it has been suppressed.
“There does need to be a permanent presence in town,” he said.
“Once the officer clocks off, the criminals all come out.”
Superintendent Driver said if there was an urgent problem in the town the local officers would be recalled if they were off-duty.
“There are some instances where crime spikes,” he said.
“As part of the meeting we will be addressing crime, the perception of crime and hopefully allay people’s concerns.
“The sector is patrolled by Cowra, Eugowra and Woodstock and we use our resources as best we can.”
Cabonne is ranked 108 of 140 local government areas in the state for most break-ins and 103 for assaults. Cowra is ranked 7 for assaults and 51 for break and enters.