Push for patrols
CONCERNS over an increase in anti-social behaviour in Maylands has led to residents calling for more frequent patrols by rangers and police, in a bid for a “safe” suburb.
Maylands Ratepayers and Residents Association members posted comments on their Facebook page about alleged assaults, screaming and drunken behaviour around Eighth and Ninth avenues and the train station.
Their concerns were circulated to Bayswater councillors, Police Minister Michelle Roberts, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and Bayswater police.
A Maylands resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he called City of Bayswater rangers four times and the police eight times from September 15 to 30, while his partner, neighbours and the post office owner also had made several calls.
He said his family had witnessed “horrific assaults with weapons”, daily and nightly screaming of obscenities, public urination and defecation, alcohol and drug use, property damage, littering and trespass, and people being chased and threatened.
He said a group of people had entered their front and back yards, where they found rubbish and drug paraphernalia.
“It was particularly bad in April earlier this year, declined over winter, and has begun again from early September,” he said.
“Ultimately, as longterm residents we shouldn’t need to have the answers here; we just want the screaming and violence to stop and for a safe Maylands.”
Bayswater police officer-in-charge John Waghorn said homelessness was a social issue and urged residents to continue to report their concerns to police.
“Not every disturbance call is related to the four or five people in the Maylands area,” he said.
Ms Baker wrote to Ms Roberts, requesting a police “blitz” in the lead-up to the Christmas period.
She said an increase in the amount of foot and mounted patrols would give some relief to the business community and residents.