Police target anti-social behaviour


Hunter police are targeting anti-social behaviour and malicious damage offences in the region through ongoing high-visibility operations throughout the region.

Officers from the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District commenced Operation Suez 4 yesterday (Thursday 3 September) to focus on reducing youth crime and anti-social behaviour through high-visibility proactive policing in Rutherford, Telarah and Aberglasslyn.

More than 30 officers from several units were deployed across the three suburbs, patrolling through retail precinct, residential areas, conducting licensed premises checks and overall proactive patrols.

Results of the operation include:

  • Seven licensed premises inspected
  • Six bail compliance checks undertaken
  • 61 random breath tests conducted
  • Two random drug tests conducted
  • 20 Traffic Infringement Notices and two Traffic Court Attendance Notices issued for a range of offences
  • Eight abandoned vehicles located
  • One person issued with a fine for shoplifting
  • Two aged care facilities visited and inspected
  • One school campus was visited

Port Stephens-Hunter Police Department Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Ranald Urquhart said high-visibility operations were important to undertake on a regular basis.

“When the community see their police patrolling the streets, they know that the officers are out there monitoring potential offenders and keeping their homes and neighbourhoods safe,” he said.

“These sorts of high-visibility and concentrated operations also serve as a reminder to those who are thinking about breaking the law or engaging in anti-social behaviour – it’s not on.

“We need the young people in our community to be aware of the consequences of their actions and how it can have long-term impacts.”

Anyone with information about anti-social crime in the Hunter region is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its online reporting page. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.