Garden project helps cut crime
We thought, we can’t keep going the way we were going, with a high number of juveniles in custody. Sergeant Chris Martin
Mullewa Police Station recorded a 60 per cent reduction in crime during the building of a new garden, confirming Sergeant Chris Martin’s view that community projects are the key to reducing offending.
The community garden, officially opened last week, was built between March and September.
In that period, there was one burglary, and one case of stealing and property damage. In the same period last year there were 20 burglaries, six cases of stealing and 18 cases of property damage. Sgt Martin said the results spoke for themselves.
“This is something I’m extremely proud of,” the officer-in-charge said.
“Crime has reduced significantly.
“We thought, we can’t keep going the way we were going, with a high number of juveniles in custody.
“Children aren’t born as offenders but they do end up in that cycle. “We hope to continue to engage and divert, reduce crime and also reduce victims too.”
The community garden is in front of Mullewa Police Station and features a NAIDOC-inspired fire pit, a waterwise flower bed and an outdoor cinema.
Sgt Martin said the garden should continue to reverse trends of offending in summer by providing entertainment for children, a community meeting spot and a place for residents to talk with police in a friendlier environment.
Various community members contributed to the garden’s construction, which included use of an abandoned car and trailer, 15 traffic signs due to be scrapped, two unused lampposts converted to flag poles as well as many other discarded items.
Sgt Martin said the garden came at no financial cost to the community.
About 250 people attended the opening last week.