Crime drop linked to coun­cil’s plan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

A DROP in crime in the City of Su­bi­aco over the past two years is be­ing linked to a com­mu­nity safety strat­egy led by the Coun­cil.

The Com­mu­nity Safety Crime Pre­ven­tion Plan 2014-16 led to a 10 per cent re­duc­tion on av­er­age com­pared with the pre­vi­ous four years.

A com­mu­nity per­cep­tion sur­vey con­ducted by the City also showed a 10 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of res­i­dents be­ing sat­is­fied with safety and se­cu­rity in Su­bi­aco and the con­trol of van­dal­ism and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The City is now hop­ing to fur­ther re­duce crime sta­tis­tics through the help of the Com­mu­nity Safety and Crime Pre­ven­tion Plan 2016-20.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the City’s ini­tia­tives were di­rectly tar­geted at re­duc­ing crime in the area.

“The Com­mu­nity Safety Crime Pre­ven­tion Plan 2014-16 was a wide-rang­ing plan in­clud­ing 41 ac­tions rang­ing across five of the City’s six fo­cus ar­eas,” he said.

“Al­though a di­rect link can­not be made be­tween any par­tic­u­lar ac­tion and a re­duc­tion in crime, these ac­tions were de­signed to sup­port each other and to work with WA Po­lice and the com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers in a com­mu­nity-wide ap­proach to re­duce crime.”

Wem­b­ley Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Julie Foley said the po­lice were work­ing with the City to re­duce crime.

“We’ve had reg­u­lar meet­ings with the City and dis­cussed known crime is­sues and are tak­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to deal with them,” she said.

Mr Bur­nett said the new plan for 2016-20 would ap­ply the learn­ing of the 2014-16 plan and tar­get them over a longer pe­riod.

He said he hoped the plan would in­crease the per­cent­age of res­i­dents who felt safe in Su­bi­aco.

“In the new plan there’s an in­creased fo­cus on the top five crimes (as iden­ti­fied in WA Po­lice sta­tis­tics) that oc­cur in Su­bi­aco, as well as a method to track crimes on a quar­terly rather than an­nual ba­sis,” he said

“This will al­low the City and WA po­lice to re­act more quickly to short-term in­creases in par­tic­u­lar types of crime, im­ple­ment­ing projects de­signed to halt crime spikes in its tracks.

“We will also fo­cus more closely on traf­fic crashes in an at­tempt to re­duce in­juries on our road... the City is mov­ing to­wards a fo­cus on iden­ti­fy­ing com­mu­nity and fam­ily avoid­ance of pub­lic spa­ces and places due to the per­cep­tion that they are un­safe or risky.”

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