Site de­signed to curb crime

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Re­port­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and ranger mat­ters around the City of Kar­ratha is ex­pected to be­come a lot eas­ier with the launch of a new site with the look and feel of an app cus­tom de­signed by the lo­cal govern­ment.

The Re­port It website, an idea of the Kar­ratha Safer Com­mu­ni­ties Part­ner­ship, is de­signed to be a one-stop shop for doc­u­ment­ing is­sues re­quir­ing of­fi­cial in­ter­ven­tion around the City and make it faster and more ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple to make a re­port.

Lit­ter, an­i­mals, noise com­plaints, an­i­mal is­sues, crime and safety is­sues, graf­fiti, parks and lo­cal build­ings are some of the areas cov­ered on the site, with users able to is­sue a re­port to the City or be redi­rected to the rel­e­vant agency.

The site is mod­elled on apps such as Snap Send Solve and has been un­der devel­op­ment since late last year af­ter the Safer Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship iden­ti­fied a lot of res­i­dents were post­ing on Face­book in­stead of re­port­ing to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said Re­port It had arisen out of the part­ner­ship’s con­cerns with re­ports of lit­ter­ing, graf­fiti and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“The idea came about be­cause there was a lot of re­port­ing of rub­bish hap­pen­ing well af­ter the fact, and some­times in very gen­eral terms, so we couldn’t ac­tu­ally lo­cate where the rub­bish was,” he said.

“This way, if you have the site on your phone, you can lo­cate your­self on the phone and you can take a pic­ture there and then and send it off so it means you’re do­ing it on the spot, as it happens, and it ac­tu­ally goes right to the depart­ment within the city which is re­spon­si­ble for it.”

To see the new website or make a re­port on­line, visit kar­ratha.wa.gov.au/re­port-it.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long, ranger Dar­rell Hutchens and lit­ter picker crew mem­ber Soo Young Kim.

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