Coun­cil seeks to lock the gates

Stirling Times - - NEWS - Kristie Lim

STIR­LING Coun­cil is call­ing for the in­stal­la­tion of au­to­matic gate locks at a foot­bridge over Reid High­way in Balga in a bid to re­duce crime in the area.

Coun­cil­lors sup­ported Cr David Booth­man’s mo­tion, which re­quested the City write a let­ter of sup­port to Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti and Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son to have au­to­matic gate locks at the foot­bridge, at the Septem­ber 26 coun­cil meet­ing.

The gates are cur­rently open af­ter a trial clo­sure of the gates, which started in Jan­uary and ended in June.

Cr Booth­man said the trial was suc­cess­ful and the City pro­vided po­lice with in­for­ma­tion on auto-locks and lo­cal sup­pli­ers that may be able to help.

“I was a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer; crime pre­ven­tion is one of my fo­cuses,” he said.

“We also of­fered to part­ner the po­lice and open the gates in the short term to al­low the new sys­tems to be in­stalled.

“This has not been taken up by the po­lice.”

Mirra­booka Po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Neil Mor­ton-Smith said po­lice were in con­sul­ta­tion with the City and Main Roads WA to find a longterm so­lu­tion for the gates.

“We did look at the im­pact of it pre and post the gates and there was cer­tainly a pos­i­tive on both crime lev­els and re­quire­ments for po­lice at­ten­dance,” he said.

“It is dif­fi­cult to be spe­cific, to say it was the gates that re­sulted in this, be­cause there are too many vari­ables in that pe­riod of time and in the com­mu­ni­ties on both sides of the bridge.”

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