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Fourteen juveniles responsible for 50 percent of Orange crime

July 31, 2023

Vehicles burned out in Orange in November 2022. Facebook/Orange Rural Fire Brigade.

By David Fitzsimons

A group of young offenders has been responsible for much of the recent crime in Orange, a police report has revealed.

It said 14 juveniles, including two repeat offenders, had caused 50 percent of the crime in the area in the three months from March to May.

Chief Inspector David Maher’s report to an Orange council committee said the offences included aggravated break and enter and vehicle theft, stealing and malicious damage, and traffic, domestic violence and street-related offences.

“Several juveniles were refused bail during this period,” the report stated.

“Orange police are currently monitoring approximately 20 juveniles that are either on conditional bail or are currently in custody.”

He said 28 vehicles were reported stolen in Orange in the period, with police taking legal action in four of the cases.

There were also 60 cases of thefts from vehicles.

The report also said domestic violence was still a major problem in the area.

“DV accounts for 60 per cent of incidents that police investigate,” Maher’s report said.

He said there were 52 reported incidents across Orange in the three months.

“Police have a zero tolerance with DV and took action on 30 of the incidents.”

Meanwhile there were also 57 reports of breaking and entering homes.

He said there were a further 97 cases in January and February.

Chief Inspector Maher said police were recruiting a second youth officer and an Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Orange district to assist the fight against crime.

The Orange News Examiner reported recently on a 76-year-old woman who was confronted in her Orange kitchen by a robber.

We also spoke to another Orange woman who was awake at 1am recently when a man used a 5kg rock to smash his way into her house.

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