Residents fed up with ‘recurring’ crime
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.