Over 500 residents of Molong have put pen to paper to demand a larger police presence in the town.
The town of 1600 has just three police officers, with one of those rostered on to nearby Manildra, and residents are complaining that those officers are often ordered to Orange instead of focusing on Molong.
Resident Juana Barnard is one of the organisers behind the petition, which was launched at the beginning of the month after a spike in crime and has already amassed over 500 signatures in a town where the electoral roll only has 1200 names on it.
We're a town of young families and older people, everyone wants to feel safe and at the moment we don't.Molong resident Juana Barnard
"Our officers are called in to Orange on priority, and by the anyone reports a crime in Molong, people in backyards or people stealing a car, by the time police can arrive out here they're gone," Mrs Barnard said.
"Molong isn't a big town but there are plenty of places to hide.
"We're a town of young families and older people, everyone wants to feel safe and at the moment we don't."
Mrs Barnard and fellow organisers set up a table outside the Molong SPAR this week to gather more signatures and said the support from other villages was beginning to flood in.
"We've also set up outside the SPAR one day a week to try and give people who only come to town once a week or once a fortnight a chance to sign it.
"We have a pretty wide area so a lot of people don't come into town often.
"We had 160 signatures this week."
Mrs Barnard said the town used to have a fourth officer who was on rotation in Cumnock, but when the officer moved on a few years ago no-one was brought in to replace them.
"We're 25 per cent less coverage than we did have ... when there's an incident in Cumnock our officers need to go out and cover that."
She said the group's aims were to have 24/7 police coverage of Molong and to ensure their officers were no longer called to Orange.
Member for Orange Phil Donato said it's "simply not good enough" to not have full coverage of police in smaller communities.
He said he would be meeting with the Minister for Police David Elliot this week and would be asking about more police for Orange, Molong and the region.
"I was at Canowindra yesterday and there were concerns over a lack of policing, people in the smaller villages are concerned about drugs, thefts, car break-ins and the well publicised car fires in Orange, people have concerns about safety," Mr Donato said.
"It's also about loss of services for these villages which isn't acceptable."
The petition can be found at Molong Newsagency, Molong Pharmacy, Be Tempted at Barnsies, Sweetness Cafe, Molong Bakery, Hunky Chunky Pies, The Bottom Pub, Molong RSL, Molong Butcher, Booful gifts and Homeware and Molong Real Estate.
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