A bridge too far
LOCKED GATE ROLE IN CRIME REDUCTION
THE City of Stirling is pushing for automatic gate locks at a footbridge over Reid Highway in Balga in a bid to stop crime.
Councillors supported Cr David Boothman’s motion that the City write a letter to Police Minister Michelle Roberts, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Police Commissioner Chris Dawson to have automatic gate locks at the footbridge.
The gates are currently open after a trial closure that started in January and ended in June.
Cr Boothman said the trial was successful and the City provided police with information on autolocks and local suppliers who may be able to help.
“I was a former police officer; crime prevention is one of my focuses,” he said.
“We also offered to partner the police and open the gates in the short term to allow the new systems to be installed.
“This has not been taken up by the police.”
Mirrabooka Police officer-incharge Neil Morton-Smith said police were in consultation with the City and Main Roads WA to find a long-term solution for the gates.
“We did look at the impact of it pre and post the gates being locked and there was certainly a positive on both crime levels and requirements for police attendance,” he said.
“We looked at a period but we are continuing to look at it.
“It is difficult to be specific to say it was the gates that resulted in this because there are too many variables in that period of time and in the communities on both sides of the bridge.”