ACROSS the state there's been fights over toilet rolls and shoppers and supermarket staff abused over grocery shortages, but so far in Bathurst, community reaction to the global circumstances it currently faces have been quite regulated, say local police.
Last week a Lismore man was arrested by police following an alleged supermarket assault after the man became agitated when he was unable to find items he wanted to buy in the supermarket.
It is alleged the man pushed his trolley into two women, believed to be aged in their 70s, knocking one to the ground. He then then pinned a 45-year-old female store attendant against the shelving and punched her in the face and chest.
Crime manager with Chifley Police District, Chief Inspector Rankin said despite the unprecedented circumstances currently being seen in Bathurst, and across the world, Chifley Police haven't had reports of supermarket fights, not have they been called into to patrol toilet paper aisles.
"There's been nothing out of the ordinary," he said.
"There's a few more people around, but we've only experienced ordinary levels of retail theft and anti social behaviour."
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Chief Inspector Rankin said as a result of Covid-19, police have been very proactive and have been out more in the community, making their presence felt.
"We're out there walking, doing foot patrols and undertaking high visibility policing.
"We have a heightened presence, and the community can be assured we are out and about, and ready to respond if we are required to do so," he said.
In light of new restrictions in relation to minimising the spread of Covid-19 announced by the Prime Minister this week, Chief Inspector Rankin reminded people about their personal responsibilities.
Those flouting the law can be fined $1,000 on the spot, or even face jail.
Chifley's highest ranking police officer, Supt Peter O'Brien, said Chifley Police had already received reports via Crime Stoppers form people failing to observe self isolation, which police have acted on.
"People have been told, and rightly so, if they know of someone flouting the rules, to get in contact with Crime Stoppers, for police to investigate," he said.
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