New security patrols push
A group of concerned Karratha citizens have renewed a call to introduce security patrols to combat crime.
The Karratha City Ratepayers and Residents Association held a meeting last Friday canvassing support for privately run nightly security patrols throughout the City of Karratha area to address the crime rate, which members believed was on the rise.
KCRRA president Dani Hage said the group was hoping to implement patrols based on a model called CoSafe used successfully in the City of Cockburn.
“Because it’s quite a young group that seems to be doing these break-ins and other security issues, (the idea) is that it’s more of a deterrent — they’ll be deterred by having the presence of security patrols running around and actually seeing what’s going on,” she said.
It comes after a proposal for nightly security patrols was turned down by the City of Karratha Safer Communities Partnership, the City council and Karratha police early last year over questions of the patrols’ effectiveness and cost.
Ms Hage said the new KCRRA proposal differed because it took a more holistic approach to the problem.