Commanders Desk with Andrew Koutsoufis | June 16

At the time of going to print, Hume Local Area Command is searching intensively for missing Bowral woman Kathleen Lidden.

The search in the Mittagong area has 35 SES and police officers on the ground, focusing mainly on the Mt Alexandra environs.

We are conducting a thorough search of the area, looking for any sign of Mrs Lidden.

Her disappearance is completely out of character, and we hold grave concerns for her welfare.

Her disappearance came with no warning, is quite out of the ordinary, and we are really hoping for a result as soon as possible.

We have detectives following up a number of avenues, such as CCTV footage, and her image and story has flooded social media. 

We are doing all we can to track her down.

In other police news, recent crime statistics reveal a continued downward trend across NSW for all 17 areas.

Some notable declines have been recorded in crimes such as stealing from a person, break and enter, and armed robbery (with a weapon not a firearm).

This is because of the great work that police and community do together.

In our area, all our crime categories remain stable, or are going down, with some record low figures. This shows the good work our officers do.

In fact, our downward trends in the crimes noted above are significantly more sharp than the state average, which is fantastic.

Finally, the Hume LAC was very grateful to have recently received a sponsor vehicle. Geissler Motors handed us the keys to a turbo-charged Holden Insignia for use in community engagements.

It will be a real advantage for us to have it for the events we go to to raise awareness of issues such as driving behaviour.

We’re very appreciative of the staff at Geissler Motors, as well as the crew at Studio 4 Signs and Designs, who did the stickers on the vehicle.

It’s always great to get that support from the community.