Rich pickings for thieves near Cook Park

BREAK-Ins are as common in one of the most affluent areas of Orange near Cook Park as in areas surrounding Glenroi Oval and the showground according to the latest NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data. 

Despite a reduction in the number of break-ins from the 12 months to September to the same period last year, Orange’s ranking compared to the rest of the state is worse. 

In 2012 Orange was ranked 13th worst for break-ins in dwellings however the latest data shows the city is now ranked seventh. 

There were 529 incidents in 12 months previous to September 2012 with 472 incidents in the last 12 months before September. 

In 2012, Bathurst was ranked 21st out of 154 and Dubbo was ranked seventh. 

Dubbo is currently ranked 10th for the 12 months before September and Bathurst is ranked 19th. 

The areas where break-ins occur most frequently in Orange is the four city blocks south west of Cook Park between Woodward Street, Hill Street and Moulder Street. 

The large area between Lone Pine Avenue, Glenroi Avenue, Icely Road and Pindari Place was also highly targeted. 

But between March Street, Phillip Street, Clinton Street and Peisley Street, with the block between Casey Street, Sale Street, Orana Street and Anson Street in the middle was a theft hot spot. 

The block surrounding Courallie Park children’s centre and Keith Thomas Park also had a high number of break ins. 

In these areas, the rate of break-ins in about seven per 1000 people. 

Canobolas Local Area Command Superintendent David Driver said police had instigated initiatives to arrest offenders and had some success but the best defence against a break and enter is the home owner. 

He said it was common people who broke into homes quite often stole the car as well so when break and enter statistics go up and down so do, motor vehicle thefts numbers. 

According to the bureau the most common place for cars to be stolen is on private property and not outside the house on the street. 

An outdoor public place comes second for car theft. 

“We have seen a number of arrests and operations to remind people to secure their homes ... but their isn’t one strategy,” Superintendent Driver said. 

Police urge people, particularly over the holiday season to ensure their property is adequately protected.

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