25 August 2015

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Golfer about to join the 100 club RALPH Godfrey’s a regular golfer; has been for years. He hit a hole in one 59 years ago and has a couple of competition wins under his belt at Frankston Golf Club. Sometimes rain might delay his start, but a couple of games a week is never out of the question. His family and mates are getting ready for a lunch to celebrate Mr Godfrey’s life, nor just his golfing prowess, although he credits the game with providing a reason to live. Mr Godfrey will be 100 in October. See “Golf’s no handicap to centenarian”, Page 7

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Allies plan to fight crime Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au POLICE, security companies, retailers, major shopping chains and municipalities joined forces last week to plan how to better combat crime in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. The Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Crime Prevention Alliance – the first of its kind in Victoria and running since February – aims to find ways to cut anti-social and criminal behaviour

around public places and shopping centres. This will be done by “sharing good practice and crime prevention strategies”, according to its initiator, Senior Sergeant Dean Clinton, of Frankston’s Proactive Programs Unit. The alliance’s 16 members met at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Queen St offices to discuss potential anticrime themes and cross-match tactics and strategies. Sergeant Clinton said the alliance wanted to empower retailers and shop-

ping centre managemers to adopt their own crime prevention plans over 12 months and to take action to prevent crime. “We meet on a regular basis and share ideas and gather information to help spot trends in offender behaviour,” he said. “The idea is to give businesses the tools and knowledge to implement better prevention measures against common crimes, such as shoplifting, theft from motor vehicles, and property damage.

“We’re also engaging with contractors in industrial estates and retailers in shopping strips to implement similar preventative strategies. “We share ideas that are proven to reduce or prevent theft – GPS tracking, positioning of warning signs and security cameras, marking high risk items and training staff to be on the lookout for suspect customers. “Something as simple as implementing a Crime Stoppers board can lead to a drop in crime rates as it shows repeat offenders that they’ve been spotted.”

Last year, about 1400 thefts from stores were reported in the Frankston and on the peninsula. “The flow-on effects can dramatically impact perceptions among the community and people may choose to avoid certain areas as a result,” Senior Sergeant Clinton said. “We’re all responsible for helping to prevent crime in our community and by working together we can work smarter to help make a difference.” Continued Page 10

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