Crime pre­ven­tion a pri­or­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STATE ELECTION ‘17 -

IN­DE­PEN­DENT South Perth can­di­date Max Fran­cis has put crime on the agenda in the up­com­ing State Elec­tion.

The Karawara res­i­dent has pitched the idea of a po­lice com­mu­nity drop-in cen­tre at Waterford Plaza.

“The idea came out of con­cepts for crime pre­ven­tion but with a har­mo­nious ap­proach,” he said.

“I thought the best way would be for the lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre to have a drop-in cen­tre where peo­ple can chat with the po­lice.

“It would al­low the po­lice to get to know the com­mu­nity and at-risk fam­i­lies with the in­ten­tion to catch crime be­fore it hap­pens.

Mr Fran­cis said the dropin cen­tre was a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion to crimes such as home and car break-ins around Waterford and Karawara.

“I think it would boost peo­ple’s con­fi­dence and they would see the po­lice as a pos­i­tive thing,” he said. “The of­fi­cers could be on foot or bi­cy­cle, vis­it­ing the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly schools, play grounds, skate­board parks, sport­ing clubs, se­nior cit­i­zens and sim­i­lar groups.”

Mr Fran­cis said while crime was his main plat­form, he sup­ported the south­bound on-ramp at the in­ter­sec­tion of Man­ning Road and the free­way.

“I sup­port the lim­it­ing of de­vel­op­ments be­low 20 storeys around South Perth,” he added.

In­de­pen­dent Max Fran­cis

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