Freo's View



FREO NOW-formerly BID-are writing to the Minister for Police and WA Police Commissioner about the escalating safety issues in Fremantle.

Shop owners are fed up with shop lifting, violence, anti-social behaviour and foul language in the CBD and want more police presence on the streets and stronger action taken.

Only a few months ago Fremantle residents and business owners were told that the crime statistics for Fremantle had been going down steadily, but that does not appear to be the case when one hears of a woman being assaulted at Mills Records and an armed robbery at Rip Curl.

Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour are daily occurrences in High Street near the backpackers on the corner of Henry Street, and so is shop-lifting all over the CBD.

When people feel unsafe in the inner city of Fremantle they will not come for shopping or to enjoy the entertainment our city often has on offer, so more needs to be done by WA Police because the City of Fremantle unfairly gets the flack for it.

More police walking the beat is essential to deter and prevent crime, but from my observations fewer officers are on the streets now than six months ago.

Our traders are doing it tough as it is, so they don’t need more stress and worries and getting abused by out of control vagrants.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on February 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    That’s not fair Andrew. They did a shoplifting campaign that was quite successful, but for no reasons apparent to me foot patrols by Police have dropped a lot lately. Maybe school holiday time reduces the number of available officers?



  2. ANDREW said, on February 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Never see police patrolling the Fremantle streets,they are too busy with speed cameras and breath tests.


  3. w3st3ndr3sid3nt said, on February 1, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Agree Roel


  4. Sam said, on February 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    100% agree Roel. I live a short walk away from the city centre but regret to say for shopping and eating out there is my last option, particularly when with my young kids. We tend to go to Claremont Quarter or Garden City. I wish it wasn’t this way, and hope things improve so that as locals we can enjoy the benefits of the CBD while at the same feeling safe.


  5. Peter Scott said, on February 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

    ….definitely require a greater police presence in our CBD area…& no preferential treatment of offenders please….


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