Sta­tion calls re­newed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE La­bor Party is again call­ing for the Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion to be open to the pub­lic 24 hours a day, fol­low­ing the publi­ca­tion of "hor­ri­fy­ing" crime statis­tics last week.

“SHOCK­ING” statis­tics pub­lished last week re­vealed that the crime rate of some City of Bel­mont sub­urbs has risen by more than 20 per cent.

This has led to re­newed calls for the Bel­mont po­lice sta­tion to be open to the pub­lic for 24 hours a day.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice statis­tics, the met­ro­pol­i­tan av­er­age for crime com­pris­ing as­sault, burglaries, mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts, rob­beries and graf­fiti was 10.4 per cent for 2015-16.

Bel­mont Com­mu­nity Group pres­i­dent Cassie Rowe, who is also the La­bor can­di­date for Bel­mont, said the statis­tics showed the need for bet­ter polic­ing in lo­cal sub­urbs.

Ms Rowe said the group had been running its Bel­mont Safer Cam­paign for years and called again on the State Gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion in Bel­mont.

She said it would im­prove po­lice re­sponse times and en­sure a greater po­lice pres­ence.

“The statis­tics are shock­ing and show that our com­mu­nity is right to be concerned with the lack of in­vest­ment in lo­cal polic­ing, de­spite pre­vi­ous as­sur­ances from Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey.

“Crime does not only hap­pen be­tween 9am-5pm, and I will con­tinue to lobby the State Gov­ern­ment for a 24-hour po­lice sta­tion in Bel­mont.”

Mean­while, the City of Bel­mont in­vited lo­cal po­lice to its next in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to ask what the po­lice are do­ing about ris­ing crime rates and what the City could do to help.

Bel­mont coun­cil­lor Pat Gard­ner said the statis­tics painted a “clear pic­ture” that some­thing was not work­ing from mul­ti­ple agen­cies and all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

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