Mandurah becoming safer city
MANDURAH is becoming a safer place to live and work, according to City chief executive Mark Newman.
Crime statistics show that over the past 10 years, despite a big increase in population, the number of crimes in almost all categories have dropped, with assaults almost halved.
Mr Newman said one of the key initiatives of the long-term strategy to improve community safety was social development.
“We want to tackle these difficult issues at an early stage, which is why work we are doing to reduce teenage alcohol consumption is important,’’ he said.
Mandurah recently implemented the Smart Generation Program, co-ordinated by Deakin University, aimed at reducing high rates of underage drinking. As part of the program, communities hold research into the sale of alcohol to minors.
The City is putting bottle shops to the test by checking whether they are selling alcohol to young people without a valid ID.
“The last time we ran the tests, two out of 20 were not doing the right thing; in the most recent tests there were three. We want licensees and staff to hear the message clearly: when you sell alcohol to minors you are failing in your job,” Mr Newman said.