City serious on security: Mayor
PETTITT DEFENDS SAFETY RECORD AFTER SERIOUS CRIMES
DESPITE two serious crime incidents within a month in the port city, Mayor Brad Pettitt is assuring visitors it is a safe place.
Last month, a man was stabbed with a screwdriver in front of Fremantle courthouse in the presence of his four-year-old daughter.
While last week 54-year-old Michael John Warrilow, also known as Michael John Young, was found dead on Lloyd Street in South Fremantle.
Dr Pettitt said despite the two incidents, the council and police were doing what they could to keep the streets safe.
“People are more likely to share negative stories or feedback on social media,” he said.
“The City is not the police, and crime can only be dealt with by police; we can’t even give a moveon notice.
“It’s important to understand there is a separation of power and all local governments – not just Fremantle – are restricted by that.
“Although we have different powers, we are not doing nothing; we have partnered to work with the police to expand CCTV but we are creating a strong collaboration.
“We are trying to make Fremantle safer by activating the streets and getting more people to live and work in Fremantle.
“Having our bike patrol has been really effective at providing visibility and has been a really good initiative.”
Another initiative included extending the Community Safety Team’s patrol hours until 2am from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
Benny’s Bar and Cafe owner Ivan Dzeba told the Fremantle Gazette he had seen huge improvement, with hotel security, street chaplains, City security and police working together.
“These guys (police) do an amazing job out here,” he said.
“I think Fremantle has really turned a corner and it’s a great place to come and spend a night out.”
Last Saturday (February 3), the Fremantle Gazette spent a night with Fremantle Local Policing Team 1 (LPT) and Cockburn’s South Metro Northern Response officers where they issued a move-on notice to a man carrying three knives on his body.
Fremantle officer-in-charge Brad Warburton said crime statistics showed there had been a significant reduction in offences against a person from the 2014-15 period but there had been a slight increase from 2015-16.