Safer com­mu­nity on agenda

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long

There has been so­cial me­dia dis­cus­sion re­cently about a per­ceived in­crease in crime across the city.

Police re­port that, ex­cept for Roe­bourne, crime rates in the past six months have de­creased.

Nev­er­the­less, the coun­cil has been ad­dress­ing com­mu­nity con­cerns through the Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Partnership whose ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude, among oth­ers: ■ A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing and close li­ai­son be­tween the city, its rangers and the Depart­ment of Hous­ing. ■ Bi­cy­cle lock and mo­tor­cy­cle lock pro­grams. ■ Foot­path light­ing. ■ CCTV. ■ Re­flec­tive kerb num­ber­ing. ■ Meet the Neigh­bours Street safety cam­paign. ■ Youth crime in­ter­ven­tion of­fi­cers.

At its meet­ing, this week, the partnership dis­cussed some new ini­tia­tives that will be taken to the April coun­cil meet­ing for ap­proval. These in­clude: ■ In­ves­ti­gat­ing the ex­pan­sion of the City ranger pro­gram to mon­i­tor com­mu­nity safety and as­sist the police in their work. ■ Pro­vid­ing free crime preven­tion au­dits for com­mu­nity mem­bers. ■ In­vest­ing more to ex­pand our cur­rent in foot­path light­ing and CCTV pro­grams. ■ In­ves­ti­gat­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of Neigh­bour­hood Watch across our towns.

The partnership, in­clud­ing the City, Rio Tinto, Wood­side, Depart­ment of Hous­ing and oth­ers, has been work­ing since 2010 to ad­dress an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and has had some big wins.

How­ever, this can only work if you sup­port us by re­port­ing any crime, sus­pi­cious or an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour to the police.

The more com­plete our sta­tis­tics are, the more suc­cess we will have in get­ting more re­sources.

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