A bridge too far

LOCKED GATE ROLE IN CRIME RE­DUC­TION

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

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.”

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