Suc­cess for crime fighter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AS po­lice deal with ris­ing crime across Perth, a res­i­den­tial block in north River­vale has suc­ceeded in re­duc­ing bur­glar­ies and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Sev­eral years ago, Roger Broinowski started walk­ing the streets to tackle the frus­trat­ingly sim­ple mis­takes res­i­dents made, leav­ing them­selves tar­gets for crim­i­nals.

He launched CamWatch, a pro­gram to pro­vide posters for win­dows, wheelie bins and cars to warn po­ten­tial crim­i­nals or hoons they were un­der sur­veil­lance.

It also ad­vised res­i­dents on plant­ing thorny plants like rose bushes around fences as a sim­ple bur­glar de­ter­rent.

Mr Broinowski said he hoped to broaden his pro­gram from a cou­ple of streets to the sur­round­ing sub­urbs.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice crime sta­tis­tics for Jan­uary to De­cem­ber last year, wider River­vale recorded 239 home bur­glar­ies, while Bel­mont had 196, Cloverdale 142, Red­cliffe 119 and Kew­dale 114.

Mr Broinowski said it was about go­ing back to ba­sics.

“The top end of River­vale has hardly had a rob­bery in the past two years,” he said.

“We need to keep re­mind­ing the pub­lic about the right things to do; we’ve all got to do it.”

Visit www.poz­ to be­come part of the lo­cal dis­cus­sion on crime re­duc­tion.

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