Watch­ing brief

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Joel Kelly

SMALL busi­ness owner Jesse Ho­gan says the City of Bel­mont’s com­mu­nity watch pa­trols should stay out of the air­port and fo­cus only on res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial ar­eas.

A SMALL busi­ness owner in the City of Bel­mont says the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity watch pa­trols should stay out of the air­port and fo­cus solely on res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial ar­eas.

Hamer Secure Park­ing owner Jesse Ho­gan said all se­cu­rity within the air­port sub­urb should be paid for by the air­port, rather than us­ing the coun­cil pa­trols.

Three ratepayer-funded pa­trol ve­hi­cles pro­vide a 24-hour ser­vice to res­i­dents and busi­nesses within the City of Bel­mont at a cost of $1.4 mil­lion a year.

Com­mu­nity Watch of­fi­cers re­spond to calls from res­i­dents and busi­nesses to as­sist with se­cu­rity con­cerns and is­sues in their com­mu­nity.

The Red­cliffe park­ing ser­vice owner said he thought the pa­trols should stick to pa­trolling ar­eas of high in­dus­trial and res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies.

Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing two at­tempted breakins, Mr Ho­gan called the City of Bel­mont to tell them the ser­vice was for res­i­dents, not the air­port, but the pa­trols con­tin­ued.

“As the weeks passed they were still driv­ing around the air­port which has enough profit to pay for its own se­cu­rity,” he said.

“So I called again, this time was told that they had been asked to cover the air­port area. I re­minded them that the res­i­dents have paid for this ser­vice – it’s not for the air­port and it amazes me that a pri­vate com­pany like the air­port can get so much sup­port for free.

“The State Gov­ern­ment is pay­ing for the air­port train; the Federal Gov­ern­ment paid $500 mil­lion for the air­port roads while small busi­ness own­ers like me strug­gle to get an eyes on the street pa­trol drive down our street.”

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the pa­trols were not per­mit­ted in the air­port.

“They pa­trol around busi­nesses in the in­dus­trial es­tate of the air­port in the same man­ner as other busi­nesses in the City of Bel­mont,” he said.

The City is split into three sec­tions, with two of the ve­hi­cles con­cen­trat­ing on the res­i­den­tial ar­eas of the City. One of these ve­hi­cles also cov­ers the Bel­mont in­dus­trial area and a third cov­ers the Kew­dale and Air­port in­dus­trial ar­eas and As­cot res­i­den­tial area.

Jesse Ho­gan.

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