Local crime concern
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.