CANOWINDRA will not get extra police, but the police they have will aim to be more visible.
That was one of the resolutions of a meeting on Tuesday, attended by about 130 Canowindra residents calling for more police officers in the town.
The push for an increase in police numbers in Canowindra was sparked by the violent home invasion of a 76-year-old man in July.
The thieves were armed and left with nothing, but allegedly tied the man’s hands while he was in his own home.
Coupled with a brazen daylight robbery outside the pharmacy a week earlier, the community has had enough.
Phil Gersbach, who joined the push to send a petition to Canobolas Local Area Command Superintendent David Driver, said he was happy with the response from police.
“It’s basically what the community was calling for,” he said.
The petition reached 1100 signatures.
Mr Gersbach said about one-tenth of those showed up to the meeting, which reflected how passionately the community felt about crime in the area.
“We’re still going to send the petition on,” he said.
The Canobolas Local Area Command covers 68 cities, towns and villages with 10 operating police stations.
Only the Orange station is open 24 hours.
Canowindra, at the last census, had a state statistical population of 2381.