A SPIKE in certain crimes in Cooma gave the police something to talk about with concerned members of the community on Friday.
Senior Constable Naomi Nemec from the Monaro Crime Management Unit said there has been an increase in stealing from motor vehicles and break and enters in the Cooma area recently.
The Cooma local government area is 32 per cent above the state average for theft from vehicles and 6.2 per cent above the state average for harrassment and threatening behaviour.*
"There has also been some concern in the community about that and underage drinking and scams targetting the elderly," Senior Constable Nemec said.
"I am here to talk to people about their concerns and provide information."
The police were in Centennial Park on Friday to bring awareness about a whole range of law and order issues on the Monaro.
Senior Constable Nemec said some people don't realise underage drinking laws apply to private property.
She said she was also in Cooma to inform the elderly about certain scams.
The police van had a display and handouts on legal matter and a glass showing standard drink measures for different types of alcohol.
"A lot of people don't realise what a standard drink is," Senior Constable Nemec said.
* NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research - www.boscar.nsw.nsw.gov