Police take a bow over big drop in crime

The York police team (from left) Mark Gubanyi, Sandra Kennedy, John Lines, Amy Taylor and Chez Mitche.
The York police team (from left) Mark Gubanyi, Sandra Kennedy, John Lines, Amy Taylor and Chez Mitche.

The Shire of York has recorded a 21 per cent drop in crime so far this year, compared with the same period of last year.

There were five fatal crashes around York last year but there have been no fatalities this year and no ‘serious crashes,’ according to York police station officer in charge Sergeant Mark Gubanyi.

He said a number of new police initiatives had helped cut the crime rate.

‘I have been here for 18 months and since I started we have changed the way we do business,’ Sgt Gubanyi said.

‘Feet on the Street helped us really change the way we police ” we do many more patrols.’

York police are compiling an online survey for residents, which they will use to gauge how well police are doing their job in the eyes of the community.

Sgt Gubanyi accepted police might receive negative feedback and some unhelpful advice but urged people to try to provide constructive criticism.

‘We won’t be able to please everyone but if we can do it better, let’s do it better,’ he said.

‘We want to know if you have been a victim of crime, or know of any crimes and if you feel safe at night and during the day in York.

‘I care about my community ” I want it to be as safe as possible.’

Residents need to subscribe to the York police ewatch to get the link for the survey, which is expected to be available from August.

To sign up for ewatch, visit ewatch.com.au/join.