Operation Assure nets 17 arrests in a fortnight

THE THIRD instalment of a police “shock and awe” blitz on Wagga’s streets has netted 17 arrests in just two weeks. 

Operation Assure 3 will close out the remainder of 2016 with officers looking to clean up the streets in time for the new year. 

Extra patrols are being drafted from neighbouring commands in a high-visibility operation targeting the city’s rampant property crime.

Lawbreakers have been held accountable for 25 different offences since November 18 as the Local Area Command continues to knuckle down on break-in hot spots. 

It comes after 22 alleged crooks were caught during the highly-touted Operation Assure 2 in October. 

Wagga’s police chief Bob Noble said the operation had been effective in curtailing some of the anti-social behaviour plaguing the city. 

He said police were working with Neighbourhood Watch and government stakeholders, such as Juvenile Justice, Department of Education and Department of Health.

“We’re able to secure extra staff from other areas, which gives us the ability to free up officers to focus on hot spots and target individual repeat offenders,” Superintendent Noble said.

“It’s not just an enforcement model.

“We think we have a well rounded approach and are getting good results.”

Wagga Neighbourhood Watch president Wayne Deaner said the operation was only the first step in curbing the city’s crime scourge. 

“We’d love it if these operations ran all year because we need this extra patrols.”

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