Mur­doch po­lice top of class

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jaime Shurmer

The Mur­doch po­lice sub-dis­trict is the best per­form­ing within the south met­ro­pol­i­tan polic­ing zone, with the low­est over­all crime rate de­spite pop­u­la­tion growth in its City of Cock­burn sub­urbs and the open­ing of Fiona Stan­ley Hospital 18 months ago.

But end-of-financial year fig­ures show crime over­all in the Mur­doch sub-dis­trict was up 4 per cent, ac­cord­ing to Mur­doch of­fi­cer-in­charge Glenn Swan­nell.

“All sta­tions are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as­saults,” Sen Sgt Swan­nell said.

“At Mur­doch it is up about 28 per cent and part of this is a greater will­ing­ness to re­port do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“Non-do­mes­tic as­saults are also up about 12 per cent and in­clude as­saults at the hospital.”

Over a two-year period rob­beries dropped 52 per cent, bur­glar­ies 21 per cent and mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts 26 per cent.

“The whole metro area had ex­pe­ri­enced a growth in crime so there was a re­fo­cussing of ef­forts to four cat­e­gories of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, bur­glar­ies, steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and theft,” Sgt Swan­nell said.

“The dis­trict started proac­tive teams and some of­fi­cers went out with de­tec­tives from Fre­man­tle per­ma­nently, on a ro­ta­tion ba­sis, to tar­get the people who are caus­ing the most problems.

“We ran a ‘mak­ing it tougher for crooks’ cam­paign and lo­cally South Lake was a bit of a prob­lem for us.”

Po­lice is­sued search war­rants for the prop­er­ties of re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers as part of Oper­a­tion Sec­u­lar.

Sgt Swan­nell said pop­u­la­tion growth in the Cock­burn area would con­tinue, more apartments were planned and the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers build­ing was due to open next year.

He said there was a pro­posal for 1200 new apartments near Mur­doch Sta­tion and Chal­lenger Tafe would draw in more stu­dents when its Bea­cons­field cam­pus closed.

The spike in crime caused by Fiona Stan­ley’s open­ing pre­sented a new sit­u­a­tion for the sta­tion to deal with.

“The open­ing of Fiona Stan­ley Hospital se­verely im­pacted on crime in Mur­doch, as ex­pected for a new hospital with 6000 people com­ing in a day,” he said.

He said the sub-dis­trict had been able to cater for the in­crease in crime be­cause the hospital was mainly at­tended by the 24-7 re­sponse unit based at a Bi­bra Lake fac­tory unit.

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