• JON WOLFE

CCTV catches criminals in the act

Following a spate of crime across the city including break ins, car theft and drug related crimes, the crime prevention groups installation of more CCTV cameras appears to be working when it comes to catching criminals in the act of crime.

Tamworth Regional Council’s Russell Webb and chairman of the crime prevention group said the use of CCTV cameras is helping police apprehend the criminals in the act after they got the funding for the cameras from the federal government.

Cr Webb said that despite getting federal funding to install the CCTV cameras, more needs to be done from a state level to help prevent crime as much of it is drug related.

Earlier this week there was a spike in crime across the Tamworth region as police attended crime scenes where there were break and enters and two stolen cars.

Police have recovered one of the vehicles that were stolen in the break ins, but the other one was found burnt out in south Tamworth.

Oxley Police Chief Inspector Jeff Budd said in all the break ins and thefts, the premises were unlocked, and the community needs to do better with locking up their premises and hiding valuables like car keys to deter thieves.