IF ST Marys police commander Greg Peters parents' home had not been burgled, he probably wouldn't have become a police officer.
"I was 15 at the time, but I was able to work out how they broke into my parents' house," Superintendent Peters said.
"I thought, I'd be a good investigator; I'd like to do policing."
The following year, 1974, he enrolled as a police cadet and was a sworn officer three years later.
Before then, Greg Peters had been preparing himself to enter his father's metalworking business.
"My parents weren't happy with my career choice, but I found out that's what I wanted," he said.
Superintendent Peters has been St Marys' commander since January.
He previously led the Marrickville command.
"St Marys has been good; it's a busy place as there's more crime here than in Marrickville, but I enjoy being busy," he said.
Superintendent Peters said domestic violence was, sadly, one of the biggest problems his officers encountered.
"We ask victims to come forward and tell us, so we can take action and break the cycle," he said.
He also said he wanted to reduce the number of break-and-enters and thefts from motor vehicles.
But, he said, much depended on people taking precautions and ensuring their homes and vehicles were secure.
Superintendent Peters is also interested in police-Aboriginal relations and recently gave the guest speech at NAIDOC's flag-raising in Penrith.
"There is mistrust because of our history and the stolen generation," he said.
"But I want to stress we have a different police force today."
Superintendent Peters said he had enjoyed his 40 years in the force and had no plans to slow down.
"I still enjoy it. I'm also looking forward to many years in St Marys."