Lo­cal crime con­cern

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Jon Bas­sett Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

RES­I­DENTS com­plain­ing of “re­cur­ring” anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and a crime wave will ask Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett for help af­ter a 12-hour in­ci­dent at Hous­ing Au­thor­ity homes on June 28 that lasted un­til 3am.

“Dur­ing this whole in­ci­dent six young chil­dren were present and scared, and it was very fright­en­ing and sad to see and hear,” a nearby res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, said.

The res­i­dent said shout­ing started at the Thomp­son Road lo­ca­tion about 5.30pm, and there were threats to “kill each other,” with items or peo­ple be­ing hit, by 9pm.

Three po­lice ve­hi­cles, an am­bu­lance and a para­medic at­tended about 10am, a woman was ar­rested about 10.20pm and man about 3.45am.

Last year, Mos­man Park res­i­dents lob­bied the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity to tackle crime at its Welling­ton Street apart­ments, and Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mon McGurk told Par­lia­ment of re­peated anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at Hous­ing Au­thor­ity flats at Alexandra Road, East Fre­man­tle.

North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents al­lege there has been a spate of crimes in the past five weeks, in­clud­ing a mo­tor­bike stolen in Pam­ment Street, a Thomp­son Road house bur­gled and Lime Street of­fices en­tered into.

A com­mu­nity news­let­ter lists a Pam­ment Street of­fice “cased”, a bag and two bikes taken from Les­lie Street and a break-in at North Fre­man­tle Pri­mary School this month.

“The dis­rup­tive and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and ac­com­pa­ny­ing theft and re­cent as­saults in the neigh­bour­hood is se­ri­ously af­fect­ing res­i­dents’ feel­ings of safety and se­cu­rity,” Fre­man­tle Coun­cil­lor Doug Thomp­son said.

Cr Thomp­son said about 10 res­i­dents said they would con­sider sell­ing or mov­ing, at a re­cent meet­ing with the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity.

He said while po­lice “re­spond well” to in­ci­dents, no au­thor­ity had an over­view of a “con­sis­tent pat­tern of anti-so­cial and dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour”, so res­i­dents would seek meet­ings with Mr Bar­nett and the Min­is­ter for Hous­ing.

Hous­ing Au­thor­ity gen­eral man­ager of ser­vice de­liv­ery Trevor Gre­gory said its Fre­man­tle of­fice was ex­pand­ing its In­ten­sive Ten­ancy Man­age­ment of the houses at Thomp­son Road.

Mr Gre­gory said that tenants would only be evicted af­ter three dis­rup­tive “strikes”, or one dan­ger­ous strike, in any 12 months, but that ac­tion would be taken when a com­plaint was sub­stan­ti­ated.

He said a “sub­stan­tial drop” be­tween the first and third strikes would be con­sid­ered ev­i­dence that in­ten­sive man­age­ment worked.

The scene of the in­ci­dent last Tues­day.

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