Success for crime fighter
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.”
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