Call for 24 hour police station

MAKING THE CALL: Brendan Logan wants to see more police on the ground and Leongatha Police Station open around the clock.

A LEONGATHA man has taken to Facebook to drum up support for a 24 hour police station in town after a spate of recent thefts.
To date, the poll, which was shared by The Star, has seen 91 percent of respondents vote yes to the proposal.
Brendan Logan said he had become frustrated at the apparent inability of police to adequately respond to incidents in the region.
“My workplace, Claas Harvest Centre in the Leongatha industrial estate, got broken into twice in a week over Easter. The second time the police came back to us they explained it had been happening quite a bit, with Mary MacKillop losing some tools along with some farms around the area,” he said.
“I read another post on the Leongatha Community Page about high thefts in the area.”
He believes Leongatha’s status as a 16 hour a day station needs to change, to make sure there are more police on the ground – especially late at night when break-ins are likely.
“There’s huge area between here and the 24 hour stations in Wonthaggi, Pakenham and Moe. It’s a huge area to cover. If you’ve got people trying to steal stuff out of your shed at three in the morning, what are you going to do?” he said.
“I’ve had experiences over the years where I’ve need police, whether it be noises in the garden or whatever. You get Wonthaggi Police and they’re busy. Ten or 20 years ago I wouldn’t have cared, but as an adult with young kids you think differently.
“We need more numbers and that gap filled with a 24 hour station.”
Mr Logan believes things are “getting worse and worse and worse as time goes on”.
“I’ve been at Claas for five years. We hadn’t been broken into, until those two incidents in one week. If the security people try and contact Leongatha Police, the call ends up going through to Wonthaggi,” he said.
There were more than a few people who agreed with Mr Logan’s sentiments, on The Star’s Facebook page.
“The perpetrators also know when there is no police presence in town. Makes us victims feel very nervous,” one person said.
Another wrote of the “huge hole” between 24 hour police stations in the region.
“Try getting the police away from those areas to come to Leongatha….then see how long it takes to get them there….and how long they can attend before moving to more urgent matters. Meantime most of South Gippsland remains unprotected at night…and the hoons know it….hence why we are seeing a lot more unlawful behaviour and activity in the area after hours,” he said.

Short URL: http://thestar.com.au/?p=28632

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