Railway Crime (Armadale Line)
I am pushing for the introduction of the Victorian Government’s PSO model of train policing in Perth as a measure to tackle high levels of crime at stations on the Armadale-Thornlie Line.
The policy, introduced by the previous Coalition Victorian Government, involves stationing permanent guards on train stations from 6pm to the last train every night.
Having investigated this policy and seen it in action during a visit with the Victorian Police Minister I am convinced that it is a model that works well and carries the strong support of the police and the community.
The Armadale-Thornlie Train Line is one of the major trouble-spots for crime and anti-social behaviour in the electorate and is a source of disruption not only to patrons but also to residents in the streets surrounding train stations. I have seen this for myself during a night-time patrol with the local police.
My surveys of commuters and residents have shown that people want to see permanent guards at train stations along the line to improve security as a priority.
I have presented this evidence to the State Government and held several meetings with Ministers and officials to promote this proposal.
You can find out more information about the Victorian model at https://ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/travelling-safely/train-safety/victoria-police-protective-services-officers/
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.