POLICE have arrested 18 people, charged four drug drivers and issued more than $17,000 in fines across Campaspe in the past two weeks as part of a crackdown on crime.
And they are not done yet.
Into their fourth week of a six-week operation targeting property crime, police are looking for criminals, stolen property and drug-related activities in response to recent burglaries in the area.
“Police are continuing to provide high visibility policing across Campaspe Shire with focus on disrupting known recidivist criminals and undertaking bail compliance checks,” Campaspe police Inspector Geoff Owen said.
“We are using resources and manpower from both inside and outside the area.”
During week two of the Campaspe Crime Crackdown, eight people were arrested on outstanding warrants, another 10 were arrested and some charged over burglary, theft, drug, family violence, perjury, cruelty to animals and driving offences.
Six people were charged with drug possession after three roadside searches in Echuca and Kyabram found more than 2.2 g of meth, two ecstasy tablets and 3 g of cannabis.
Two search warrants also nabbed police a stolen bicycle, cannabis buds and seeds, ammunition and an extendable ASP baton.
On the roads, police carried out more than 800 random breath tests, checking 5703 vehicles. Four drug drivers, one of whom was also disqualified, and one drunk driver were caught.
A three-day automatic number plate recognition operation was also held in Echuca and Rochester.
“Police issued just over $17, 000 in fines to motorists for unregistered vehicles, unlicensed driving, unregistered trailers, unregistered large vehicles, not wearing seatbelts, failing to display P plates, over dimension offences and using mobile phone while driving,” Insp. Owen said.
As part of the Campaspe Crime Crackdown, Insp. Owen said police were also seeking information from the public on stolen goods, identity of burglars and thieves and drug dealing and trafficking.
“We know there is a big link between drug trafficking and drug taking being a driver of dishonesty and property-related crime,” he said.
“If we impact one type of crime, it impacts the other.”
If anyone sees suspicious activity or needs urgent police help, Insp. Owen urged them to call 000.
“This is the fastest way that police can be contacted and respond to your urgent need or investigate that suspicious behaviour,” he said.
“Too often we have lost the advantage of speed by the public not ringing or waiting until they see police.”
Anyone with information can contact Echuca police on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.