Safety, se­cu­rity top con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

SAFETY and se­cu­rity top the list of con­cerns for res­i­dents of Bel­mont, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey.

Mar­ket re­searchers con­ducted a sur­vey of res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the City of Bel­mont and com­pared the re­sults to 28 lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils.

Safety and se­cu­rity were iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties the com­mu­nity wants to see ad­dressed, as res­i­dents ex­pressed con­cerns about per­sonal safety along with home and ve­hi­cle bur­glar­ies.

Mayor Phil Marks said com­mu­nity safety and crime pre­ven­tion are a pri­or­ity with the City, which had ac­cess to 354 CCTV cam­eras.

“The City works closely with WA Po­lice and reg­u­larly pro­vides them with CCTV footage re­lat­ing to in­ci­dents,” he said.

“We cur­rently have a suc­cess rate of ap­prox­i­mately 32 per cent where of­fend­ers have been iden­ti­fied and pros­e­cuted through the use of CCTV.

“We en­cour­age you to re­port any in­ci­dent to po­lice.”

The ap­proval and build­ing of high den­sity hous­ing op­tions con­tribut­ing to the ero­sion of amenity, along with a de­sire for new vi­brant eco­nomic hubs lo­cally, were other hot top­ics for lo­cals.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, 70 per cent of Bel­mont area res­i­dents are sat­is­fied with their sub­urb as a place to live and 67 per cent are happy with the coun­cil.

The City of Bel­mont set the in­dus­try stan­dard in 10 com­mu­nity ar­eas and 15 busi­ness ar­eas, in­clud­ing lis­ten­ing to and re­spect­ing res­i­dents’ views, ac­cess to men­tal health in­for­ma­tion and sup­port, and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Res­i­dents in Bel­mont are anx­ious over safety and se­cu­rity.

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