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Disgusted at the slow speed of the guards A LOCAL grandmother’s to act on the issue, a panicked Ms Regan and doned case in front of find of an aban- Ms Togni drove Cranbourne Centreto Narre Warren Centrelink. link brought the town to “I didn’t want to risk it, a standstill for three I want to meet my hours on Tuesday. son and hold him in my arms,� Ms Regan Annette Togni, 68, was said. to notice the small case the first person “My Nan was very frightened; she was disside Cranbourne Centrelinkin the gutter, out- traught and started and Medicare on crying, Tuesday 6 April. there was no way we wouldif it was a bomb have survived it if it went off. But more alarmingly, Ms first person to hear a “ticking� Togni was the “The Centrelink guards were extremely sound coming unprofessional, from the package.� they didn’t and they didn’t notify anyoneclear the area, Now terrified to return – we definitely to drington Street, Ms Togni’s the scene on Co- won’t be going back to that branch, my Nan Martine Regan and her pregnant grand- is still cut up about daughter Martine Regan, Nan, Annette Togni, were it.� also an eyewitness, Cranbourne Senior has told of the dramatic the first to notify nearby discovery. Baynes gave the scene Sergeant Daniel security “My Nan almost stood guards of the the all clear at on it as she got out 1.15pm after more suspicious case. of the car, and she immediately than two yelled “What sessment from the bomb squad,hours of asPicture: CONTRIBUTED is that, is that a bomb?� who used a robot to approach the locked case. The pair from Cranbourne At the scene, Sen Sgt North alerted nearby security guards Baynes told Star to the strange item, News the contents of the case Ms Regan described as were “personal belongings�. a fishing tackle box. “It was grey and navy He has since confirmed blue and had a yelit was a first aid low handle, it kind of looked like a car bat- kit. tery and it was ticking “There might have been loud enough for my a phone charger Nan and I to hear it,� Ms in it as well, no-one at Regan said. this point has come “The guard just said that he wasn’t sure forward and claimed it.� what it was, he said he Close to 100 staff from saw someone drop it off. neighbouring firm, Waters Centrelink and Lawyers, were evacuated and police “My Nan asked if it was cordoned the people lined up insidesafe for us and all ton Street between Sladen off Codringand Childers here, there were children, Centrelink to be streets. pregnant women like myself and elderly Still tormented by and he replied, ‘I don’t Regan said her Nan the experience, Ms Once the contents had know, madam’.� was wouldn’t go out and collect so petrified, she been given the all-clear, the the mail. officer retrieved it. Left: Eight police officers from Cranbourne kept locals at a distance.

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“I wasn’t aware how much it affected me. I just used to think that (crime) was happening all the time.� He signed out and regained his sleep, he said. After the community event, Mr Hartley promptly left the limelight.


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der debate. Mr Hartley said he had signed up to many of the pages but found they fed into his obsession with the issue. “You get to a stage that you’re looking over your shoulder more. You see something and put a post up on it ...


IT’S sad to say that Andrew Hartley and his family were far from unique after their home was invaded in 2016. What was unique was how Mr Hartley responded, fronting and organising a community crime prevention event in Sweeney Reserve less than a month later. Mr Hartley, who is Star News’s Person of the Year, became a symbol of residents’ defiance against a steeply rising wave of serious crime. The event, which drew 400 residents as well as MPs, police, Neighbourhood Watch members and experts on alarms, security doors and self-defence, was about informing households how to keep safe. “People aren’t aware of the extent of these crimes. It has become an epidemic and we don’t think it will happen to us,� Mr Hartley said. “Pay attention to what’s happening at your neighbour’s house as well as our own security.� When Mr Hartley launched the event, he wanted to avoid politics. But crime had soared 15 per cent per capita in Casey in 2016, it became the talk of the town and it got decidedly political. At the same time, Casey Council mayor Sam Aziz trumpeted a fivepoint law-and-order advocacy plan declaring his city was in “crisis�. Some of the council’s pleas - including for more police in Casey were heeded by the state government. Meanwhile, crime-reporting Facebook pages ramped up perceived danger levels. Many Casey suburbs had their own page. They became a hub for CCTV footage of strange cars outside homes, photos of stolen cars and law-and-or-

On that night, Mr Hartley was woken by the family dog. He ran out the front and saw a carload of youths drive away. An hour later, police found his wife’s handbag and car keys in the backyard - and only then it dawned that burglars had got inside the house. It was thought the intruders took off their shoes, walked through the rear unlocked door of the home garage, and jemmied an interior door to get inside. Gallingly, they must have walked past the sleeping Hartley children. The family’s innocence hasn’t been repaired, even after a therapeutic threeweek holiday in Bali and installing robust home security. “I’ve got the cameras, the alarms. It’s not only about the deterrence but making sure the family feels more comfortable,� Mr Hartley said. “We still want to move away.� Mr Hartley says there isn’t any one solution for the lawlessness, particularly by a certain cohort of youths. “It’s just a fact of life in the current environment. “All we can do is secure ourselves and look after our loved ones as best we can.� He hopes the event inspired others to look out for each other and “get back a sense of that community�. “Let’s now throw it over to the council and other organisations to run that event on a regular basis. “I showed that one person can run this on their own ... but it’s time for me to go back in my box.�

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