Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

100% of survey respondents call for an increased transit officer presence: Irons

8 January 2015

Tackling train crimeFederal Member for Swan Steve Irons today renewed his call for the implementation of a trial program to help combat crime across Perth’s metropolitan train network after 100% of respondents to his recent Tackling Train Crime survey called for an increased presence of transit officers.

“In October I distributed a community survey to residents and local business owners along the Armadale-Thornlie train line in my electorate of Swan to gain direct feedback about the perception of passenger safety on Perth’s train network and the safety of those who live or work along the train line,” Mr Irons said.

“The results of this survey have not only emphasised the need for an increased presence of transit officers on Perth’s train network, but have also highlighted the community’s rejection of any notion that the State Government’s current transit security model is adequately protecting passengers.

“In my recent correspondence with the WA Minster for Transport Dean Nalder MLA, the Minister stated that the State Government has previously engaged an independent consulting firm which found that the State’s current public transport security provision is the “preferred security model”. This does not however suggest that improvements can’t be made, which is exactly what the community is calling for.”

Mr Irons said Swan residents and local business owners had made their voices heard via his Tackling Train Crime survey and their view was simple; if we want to reduce train crime then we need to increase our law enforcement presence across the network, not just on a small select number of train platforms.

“I believe the implementation of a trial based on Victoria’s Protective Services Officer (PSO) Program would achieve this by increasing passengers’ perception of safety and reducing the current level of crime witnessed on Perth’s train network, as evidenced in Victoria” Mr Irons said.

“This is particularly important for passengers of the Armadale-Thornlie train line which continues to be identified as Perth’s most dangerous, with more than one in three assaults on passengers in 2012, according to Public Transport Authority figures.” Results from my survey have overall revealed that:

  • 80.43% of respondents feel unsafe or very unsafe using Perth’s train services at night.
  • 86.9% of respondents avoid using Perth’s train services at night (after 7pm).
  • 100% of respondents called for an increased presence of transit officers, with the highest number of survey respondents calling for transit officers to ‘patrol all metropolitan platforms from 6pm until the last train 365 days a year’.
  • Respondents identified the Armadale-Thornlie train line as being the line they feel the least safe on (70.45%), followed by the Midland line (20%).
  • The top five train platforms which were identified as being crime hotspots on the Armadale-Thornlie train line include:

1.  Oats Street        2. Burswood           3.  Carlisle          4.  Cannington            5.  Armadale

  • 72.19% of respondents believe living near a train station increases the level of crime in their suburb and/or surrounding areas.

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