Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

PERTH’S res­i­dents have a woe­ful record of vot­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and it’s well be­yond time that changed.

Quite frankly, if you can’t be both­ered check­ing a box on a bal­lot pa­per that has been de­liv­ered to your house and then tak­ing it to a mail­box, you have no right to com­plain about all of the things coun­cils do that af­fect your daily life.

At the last two lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in 2013 and 2015, an av­er­age of just 27.49 per cent voted in the City Bayswa­ter and Town of Bassendean elec­tions. Across metropoli­tan Perth, the av­er­age was an ap­palling 27.5%.

Do you not care about the im­post of rates on your hip pocket dur­ing tough eco­nomic times?

Are you un­con­cerned about high-rise build­ings pop­ping up in sur­round­ing streets?

Con­cerned your street has be­come a race­way for young hoons? Did you vote?

Postal votes will ar­rive in your let­ter­box from Septem­ber 27 if there is a con­test in your area. We im­plore you to fill it in and take it straight to the mail­box. It is your duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

MAY­LANDS is one of the pri­or­ity ar­eas to be tar­geted as part of a three-month fo­cus on steal­ing from cars in the Cen­tral Metropoli­tan Dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to Bayswa­ter po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge John Waghorn.

The dis­trict cov­ers sta­tions in Bayswa­ter, Kiara, Perth and Wem­b­ley.

Se­nior Sergeant Waghorn said there were 18 in­ci­dents of steal­ing from cars from Septem­ber 11-18.

“Peo­ple are still leav­ing $10,000 to $12,000 worth of lap­tops and iPhones in ve­hi­cles parked and un­locked on the verge overnight,” he said.

“We are get­ting a sig­nif­i­cant amount of valu­able prop­erty knocked off from within cars, in­clud­ing wal­lets and purses that con­tain credit cards, which are then used to con­duct fraud­u­lent PayPass trans­ac­tions.”

Sgt Waghorn said of­fi­cers had in­creased pa­trols, called vic­tims for po­ten­tial forensic ev­i­dence and serial num­bers of stolen prop­erty, and per­formed leaflet drops.

“Peo­ple are mov­ing away from break­ing into your home be­cause they can steal the same items left in an unat­tended ve­hi­cle overnight with no risk of go­ing to jail,” he said.

Sgt Waghorn said there was also a fo­cus on steal­ing from cars in Bayswa­ter, Mt Law­ley, In­gle­wood and Bed­ford.

City of Bayswa­ter South ward can­di­date and May­lands Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Elli Peter­son-Pik said if elected, he would ad­vo­cate for the City to do more to pre­vent prop­erty crimes and up­grade street light­ing.

Can­di­date Robyn Walsh said she would lobby State Gov­ern­ment agen­cies to seek early in­ter­ven­tion to re­duce prop­erty crime.

Fel­low can­di­date Kate Thom­son said she would lobby for faster po­lice at­ten­dance and devel­op­ment of a shop front de­sign guide­line for the May­lands town cen­tre to in­crease sur­veil­lance.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie

She­lia Davies, Gail Wil­liams and Jess Nes­bitt will be vot­ing in the lo­cal gov­er­ment elec­tions.

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