Reassurance from police after stalking incident

By Steph McNicol

A STALKING incident in Romsey has prompted Macedon Crime investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Ivan Bobetic to remind people the shire is ‘still a beautiful, safe place to live’.

The message from police comes after an investigation into an alleged stalker in Romsey.

Police arrested and charged a 64-year-old man. He was bailed to appear before Kyneton Magistrate’s Court in December.

Det Sgt Bobetic said the incident was an ‘anomaly’ and wanted to remind the people of Macedon Ranges they should still feel safe travelling alone.

“My message in relation to his incident would be the Macedon Ranges, and specifically Romsey, is a beautiful place to live,” he said.

“Male or female of whatever age should feel safe in Romsey.

“It’s rare this stuff happens. Each individual should have awareness of their surroundings, but we don’t want you to look over your shoulder the whole time.

“Unfortunately, these sorts of things do come up from time to time and police jump in when we can, but it affects the psyche of the [victim], and it impacts their perception of safety.”

Det Sgt Bobetic said police wanted Macedon Ranges residents to have confidence in local officers to handle situations of a similar nature in the future.

“We want people to feel safe and feel confident they can go out for a walk or to exercise, or walk home from somewhere and be safe,” he said.

“Report the matters to police and they will investigate to the best of their ability – have confidence in your local police.

“As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we were able to act quite quickly and bring the alleged offender into custody.

“She came forward to police, and the moment that happened we could begin an investigation.”

If people have immediate concerns for their safety, they should call triple zero, or if they would like to report an incident or crime, call their nearest police station.

Macedon police can be contacted on 5426 1228, or crimes can be reported to Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or by calling 1800 333 000.

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