Shin­ing light on crime


Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

A CRACK­DOWN on crime with more CCTV cam­eras and light­ing in­stal­la­tions in cen­tral ar­eas of Mid­land and Kala­munda is good news for busi­nesses in the fight against law­break­ers and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wy­att said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $1 mil­lion fund­ing would help keep com­mu­ni­ties and streets safer in his elec­torate and de­liver on a 2016 elec­tion prom­ise.

The Safe Com­mu­ni­ties Fund pro­gram de­liv­ers $847,017 to the City of Swan for CCTV and light­ing up­grades in the Mid­land CBD, and a $170,000 grant to Kala­munda Shire for 12 CCTV cam­eras at four crime hot spots.

There will be six new cam­eras along the Mid­land stretch of Great Eastern High­way and four in Spring Park Road, the lo­ca­tion of Mid­land po­lice and Mid­land Mag­is­trates Court. Cam­eras linked to the WA Po­lice CCTV net­work pro­vide crim­i­nal ev­i­dence and en­able po­lice to pre­vent in­ci­dents from es­ca­lat­ing.

“I know crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour has been a big is­sue for those liv­ing and run­ning busi­nesses in Hasluck, which is why I’m so pleased that this fund­ing has been se­cured for our com­mu­nity,” Mr Wy­att said.

Small lo­cal busi­nesses have called for more sup­port against crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour for some time.

Mid­land gun store­owner Graeme Har­ris wel­comed more CCTV but said shoplift­ing and crim­i­nal dam­age was “killing” shop­ping strips along Great Eastern High­way.

“We have our own CCTV in­side and out­side, and it’s great they (City of Swan) are putting in more, but where are the cam­eras go­ing?,” he said.

“The (shop­ping) strip is where it all hap­pens and I’m 100 per cent in favour of more cam­eras but they need to be strate­gi­cally placed.”

Mr Har­ris has spent half a life­time in­vest­ing in crime preven­tion at his Mid­land busi­nesses.

“We’ve in­creased our se­cu­rity so they can’t break in but when they can’t raid a shop, they get mad and throw a brick through a win­dow,” he said.

“I would say about 50 win­dows would be bro­ken in any one week across cen­tral Mid­land.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what we do with se­cu­rity, they will find an­other way and the big­gest ben­e­fit we have is CCTV.”

He said one of his em­ploy­ees was ‘one-punch’ hit two weeks ago when he asked a man to hand back a bow and ar­row as he made to leave the store.

“The chap turned around and kinghit my em­ployee. The man had come in with his ‘wife and kids’ as a de­coy and he’d parked his car around the cor­ner,” he said.

The shop worker, who asked not to be named, was back at work this week but will have to at­tend more med­i­cal ap­point­ments.

Mr Har­ris said van­dals last week caused about $60,000 dam­age when they jumped on bon­nets and smashed win­dows in car­yards near his gun shop.

In an­other in­ci­dent, a thief wrote off a car stolen from the rear of a busi­ness block in Old Great North­ern High­way.

Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright wel­comed the CCTV fund­ing.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d468516

Busi­ness owner Graeme Har­ris has in­stalled sev­eral se­cu­rity cam­eras at his Great Eastern High­way busi­ness.

Left: Kala­munda Cy­cles own­ers Jo and Tim Ben­nett, Shire of Kala­munda’s Natalie Martin Goode and Ken Wy­att. Right: Swan Mayor Mick Wain­wright and CEO Mike Fo­ley and Ken Wy­att at one of the lo­ca­tions for the new cam­eras in Mid­land.

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