Safer community on agenda
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.