Res­i­dents fed up with ‘re­cur­ring’ crime

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight - Perth Stadium - By JON BAS­SETT

RES­I­DENTS al­leg­ing “re­cur­ring” an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and a crime wave will ask Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett for help af­ter a 12-hour in­ci­dent at Hous­ing Author­ity homes on Thomp­son Road in North Fre­man­tle last month.

“Dur­ing this whole in­ci­dent, six young chil­dren were present and scared, and it was very fright­en­ing and sad to see and hear,” a nearby res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, said.

The res­i­dent said shout­ing started about 5.30pm and there were threats to “kill each other”, with items or peo­ple be­ing hit.

Three po­lice ve­hi­cles, an am­bu­lance and a para­medic at­tended about 10am.

A wo­man was ar­rested about 10.20am and man about 3.45am.

Last year, Mos­man Park res­i­dents lob­bied the Hous­ing Author­ity to tackle crime at its Welling­ton Street apart­ments and Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mon Mcgurk told State Par­lia­ment of re­peated anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at author­ity flats at Alexan­dra Road in East Fre­man­tle.

North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents claim there has been a spate of crimes in the past five weeks, in­clud­ing a mo­tor­bike stolen in Pam­ment Street, a Thomp­son Road house bur­gled and Lime Street of­fices en­tered.

A com­mu­nity news­let­ter states that a Pam­ment Street of­fice was “cased”, a bag and two bikes taken from Les­lie Street and a break-in at North Fre­man­tle Pri­mary School oc­curred last month.

“The dis­rup­tive and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and ac­com­pa­ny­ing theft and re­cent as­saults in the neigh­bour­hood is se­ri­ously af­fect­ing res­i­dents’ feel­ings of safety and se­cu­rity,” City of Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lor Doug Thomp­son said.

Cr Thomp­son said about 10 res­i­dents had stated they would con­sider sell­ing or mov­ing at a re­cent meet­ing with the Hous­ing Author­ity.

He said while po­lice “re­spond well” to in­ci­dents, no author­ity had an over­view of a “con­sis­tent pat­tern of anti-so­cial and dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour”, so res­i­dents would seek meet­ings with Mr Bar­nett and Hous­ing Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley.

Hous­ing Author­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery gen­eral man­ager Trevor Gre­gory said its Fre­man­tle of­fice was ex­pand­ing its in­ten­sive tenancy management of the houses at Thomp­son Road.

Mr Gre­gory said tenants would only be evicted af­ter three dis­rup­tive “strikes” or one dan­ger­ous strike in any 12 months, but ac­tion would be taken when a com­plaint was sub­stan­ti­ated.

He said a “sub­stan­tial drop” in in­ci­dents be­tween the first and third strikes would be con­sid­ered ev­i­dence that in­ten­sive management worked.

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