Security patrols campaign
One of my local crime prevention initiatives in the electorate is a campaign for a joint local security patrol service in the City of South Perth and Town of Victoria Park local government areas.
I started this campaign after being contacted by many residents in the East Victoria Park and Kensington area about persistent low-level crime such as graffiti and antisocial behaviour disrupting day-to-day life in these suburbs.
After investigating the issue, consulting with the community and running a community survey it became clear that one of the options residents strongly support to tackle this problem is the introduction of security patrols.
Security Patrols are high visibility anti-crime initiatives organised by some local councils in Perth. In the electorate of Swan, the City of Belmont and the City of Canning currently operate security patrols but the Victoria Park and South Perth councils do not.
In Belmont and Canning residents and businesses can call on the service at any time to deal with the type of low-level antisocial behaviour and security issues that the police might be unable to attend to immediately. Belmont and Canning councils use funding from their operating revenue to provide these popular services.
With the backing of residents I proposed a joint security patrol service be set up between the City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park to tackle this issue in an economic way. The local police were supportive.
While this proposal was rejected by the City of South Perth and the Town of Victoria Park at the time, I will continue to work on the issue as well as other crime prevention initiatives.
You may also be interested to know that the Turnbull Government runs a Safer Streets programme, which makes available money confiscated as the proceeds of crime for crime prevention initiatives.
In the first round of this programme we were able to secure funding for a major CCTV installation around the perimeter of Belmont Forum and Village, consisting of 27 cameras. The project is due for completion on 31 May 2016.
I have been working closely with local councils on proposals for Round 2 of this federal programme and I encourage you to let me know of any suggestions you may have for future rounds.