New se­cu­rity pa­trols push

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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