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FREO COMMUNITY SAFETY TEAM THERE FOR US

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, local government, Uncategorized, violence by freoview on August 5, 2020

 

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The Fremantle Community Safety team is not only there for crime and antisocial behaviour on the streets of Fremantle but also for nuisance noise from neighbours and dogs, stray dogs, lost dogs and many more things, so take note of the phone number above.

I wander the streets of Freo every day and have met most of the rangers and they are delightful people, always willing to have a chat and a bit of banter.

It is a challenging period for Fremantle with many more people sleeping rough and some making a nuisance of themselves with antisocial behaviour, foul language, etc. The community safety rangers are often the first ones on the scene before police arrives, so call them and the cops if you need help.

Roel Loopers

CCTV FOR HILTON AND NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2020

 

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The extensive CCTV network of the City of Fremantle has been extended with CCTV cameras installed in the Hilton and North Fremantle townships. They are monitored by staff 24/7.

Fremantle is one of only three local councils in Western Australia with monitored CCTV surveillance.

The cameras help in the fight against crime and antisocial behaviour and support the Fremantle community safety officers and WA Police.

Roel Loopers

 

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MAKING FREMANTLE A SAFER PLACE

 

Those who frequent Kings Square daily, as I do, are very aware of dozens of people gathering there, who often use foul language and who make the area feel unsafe to walk through. While the yelling is mostly not directed at passers by it still makes one uncomfortable, so it has been good to see over the last two weeks that there has been a no tolerance approach and that the larger groups no longer gather at Freo’s city square.

It is reassuring to hear that, yet again, the City of Fremantle and Fremantle Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to call for greater assistance from the State Government to provide more Police to manage community safety issues as ‘restart Fremantle’ efforts gain momentum.

With more businesses opening and visitors returning to the popular café and shopping strips in steadily-growing numbers, a stronger and more visible police presence has been urged to ensure people feel safe and welcome.

City and Chamber representatives have met with Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and WA Police Fremantle Superintendent Kate Taylor to discuss a collaborative approach that Mayor Brad Pettitt said was necessary, and needed to go beyond normal operations.

“As more and more people are coming back into the city, we need to make sure Fremantle is a welcoming place and that people are able to experience the very best of Freo,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“To do this there is going to need to be greater resources and collaboration between the City of Fremantle, WA Police and social service providers including State Government agencies.

“We want people to receive the support services they need and also to send a strong message that Fremantle is back open and safe. We have a huge need to reinvigorate our city and we must all play our part in keeping Freo safe, secure and enjoyable for everyone.

“We pride ourselves on being a tolerant and supportive community but we are also a community that should not be afraid of calling out anti-social and inappropriate behaviour to make our city safe.”

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce CEO Danicia Quinlan said business operators wanted greater police visibility, particularly earlier in the day.

“There is a clear and direct connection between our Police and Community Safety Officers being visible and a decrease in petty crime and anti-social behaviour,” Ms Quinlan said.

“It is vital that we are all working together to create confidence and ensure businesses have the best chance to bounce back. We would also like to see a greater focus on lighting up the city to encourage people to be and about at night during winter, experiencing Fremantle’s unique heritage, surprise venues and cosy hotspots.”

Increased police vigilance and safety patrols, especially in the city centre, working with the City’s Community Safety Team would be welcomed by locals and visitors as well as complement the City’s own community safety services, Mayor Pettitt said.

“Our community safety team operates seven days a week patrolling all areas of the city but we rely on support from WA Police to address any anti-social behaviour as our officers do not have the power to arrest or move on and have a very limited ability to issue infringements for anti-social behaviour.

“The overwhelming evidence is that there also needs to be better supports for people in terms of accessing housing, metal health and other social services. We need these expanded social services the state government provides alongside a stronger focus from police and ongoing collaboration with the City of Fremantle to make our City as inviting and enjoyable as we know it can be,” he said.

Mayor Pettitt said the City would continue to work with local support agencies to address social disadvantage while also encouraging people to report issues to police and the City of Fremantle Community Safety team.

Roel Loopers

CONFUSION ABOUT COMMUNITY SAFETY

 

There appears to have been a bit of miscommunication this morning when Fremantle traders were invited to a Community Safety Briefing, but when yet another speaker spoke about future social and housing solutions for homeless people, some in the public gallery became irate and wanted to express their concerns about antisocial behaviour, violence, shoplifting and begging. They were not very interested to hear about long term solutions, when they want immediate action.

One Market Street shopkeeper expressed that she feared she might have to stop trading because of the issues and that she herself might end up on the street, while others questioned the slow response time of police and Fremantle community safety officers, and asked if the number of officers dealing with these issues is adequate.

Mayor Brad Pettitt had said before the public interruption that one of the key issues was working together, while Minister Simone McGurk said a lot of resources were put in by Police in Fremantle and Perth CBD with a no tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour.

The state government were spending hundreds of millions of dollars on social housing and housing for homeless facilities, using the best evidence from around Australia and the world as a cornerstone for the government policy. It was important to provide permanent, instead of transitional, housing and that had very good outcomes.

The Senior Sergeant in charge of Fremantle police said that Fremantle and Perth CBD were unique but that total crime reported since July last year was down by 5.6%, however retail theft was up by 22%.

The best crime prevention is police visibility, so there were more cops on the beat and on bikes and spread all over the day.

There were other speakers, and some who were there to speak but never got to it, so there is a lot of scope for the City to do better here and do a very specific safety forum for retailers, addressing the specific issues and trying to find specific solutions for the short and long term. Trying to cover everything, as was the case this morning, did not work and left traders frustrated.

Roel Loopers

CONTROVERSIAL WEST END BACKPACKERS TO CLOSE

Posted in accommodation, anti-social, backpackers, city of fremantle, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2020

 

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If the rumours in Freo backpacker circles are correct, the residents and businesses in the West End will get respite soon when the Fremantle Beach Backpackers, above Bar Orient in historic High Street, will be forced to close its doors by the end of this month.

For years there have been complaints about antisocial behaviour, noise, violence, and alleged drug dealing in and around the hostel, and that is not acceptable.

The building was bought by Twiggy Forrest’s Minderoo Group last year and it is not known yet what their plans are for the building.

It might well be that the Bar Orient owner, who is not connected with the hostel, will put all his eggs in one basket when he opens the new Freo Doctor cafe, bar, restaurant and function centre in the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre by the end of the year, so Bar Orient might also have a short lifespan from here on. If that was to be the case it would be fantastic if the building were to become a boutique hotel, as that would certainly help to activate the West End in the evenings.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE POLICE ON THE BEAT

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

Important FREMANTLE POLICE message on Twitter:

Operation Swanfield. Providing increased bike/foot patrols of Fremantle CBD area. Assisting local retailers with crime prevention and anti-social behaviour.

 

Roel Loopers

PEE IS NOT AN ICECREAM FLAVOUR

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, food, Uncategorized by freoview on April 5, 2019

 

 

There are all sorts of crazy new ice cream flavours, from fish&chips to peanut butter, but urine is not one of them as this Fremantle icecream shop in the Piazza clearly states.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WORKING ON BETTER COMMUNITY SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION

 

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Fremantle residents, businesses and visitors to Freo are being asked for their input on the City of Fremantle’s new Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan.

The development of the new plan is being overseen by the Community Safety Reference Group, which includes both the City of Fremantle and WA Police.

The Community Safety Plan will be guided by the feedback received during stakeholder and community engagement, and will set out clear timelines, targets and responsibilities for addressing community safety issues.

Police statistics show that crime in Fremantle is relatively low, but like all major centres there are issues and quite a few complaints about crime and safety on social media.

Fremantle Council believes that it will be really valuable for people to let them know what their recent experiences in Fremantle have been like – both good and bad – so that the City and WA Police know what’s working well and what areas they need to focus on in the new plan.

People can visit the City’s My Say Freo website to share their thoughts in a short survey and access information about current community safety initiatives.

They can also use an interactive map to pin point the places in Fremantle they like to visit and also the places where they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

The City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team patrols the city centre and surrounding suburbs from 7am-2am on Wednesday-Saturday, and from 7am-9pm on Sunday-Tuesday.

Fremantle is also one of just three local governments in Western Australia to have a CCTV network that is monitored in real time.

For more information and to complete the Community Safety survey visit the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan page on the My Say Freo website.

The survey closes on 12 April.

Roel Loopers

COPS ON THE BEAT NOT MEDIA BEAT UP IS WHAT FREMANTLE NEEDS

 

While the concerns of the Fremantle retailers about antisocial behavior, violence and shoplifting are genuine and need to be much better attacked by WA Police, it is not at all helpful for their businesses to get a silly tabloid headline such as “Is Fremantle On Its Knees?” on Channel 7 Today Tonight and negative articles on line in the West Australian and Perth Now/Sunday Times.

Big negative headlines in the media will no doubt have an impact on visitors and shoppers and while retailers claim shoppers stay away from Fremantle because they don’t feel safe, it is more likely they will stay away because of the negativity in mainstream and on social media.

The City of Fremantle does extremely well when one considers all the CCTV around town and the Community Safety officers patrolling the streets daily from early till late, but at the end it is the State Government that will need to demand from the Police Commissioner that we will get a regular and constant number of officers on foot, on bike and in cars in Fremantle, and not just for a few weeks after bad press.

Bad press is not helping Fremantle! We have read for years that parking supposedly was an issue, but it wasn’t really, and we had a former CEO of the Chamber of Commerce who loved to be photographed in front of vacant shops complaining that retail was declining-as it did everywhere else-and now we have the outrage about homeless people, vagrants, foul language, abuse, etc.

I do totally get the frustration of those who have to deal with this shit daily and are victims of it, in and in front of their shops, but it is much better to put pressure on the Police Commissioner, the Minister for Police and the Premier of this state to let them know that it is not good enough, no matter that incidents such as we have in Fremantle also regularly occur in Cockburn, Midland, Perth, Northbridge, etc.

Our traders, shoppers, tourists, residents, workers and everyone who comes into Freo deserve to have a good time. Feeling unsafe might just be a perception for many, but that makes it a reality for them and that needs to be stopped. Now! We want and need more police on the beat each and every day and indefinitely to prevent all the unacceptable and unlawful incidents happening, not to write reports after the event!

Roel Loopers

FREO’S WEST END DRUG WORRIES

Posted in anti-social, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2018

 

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Local residents and business owners in the area of High and Henry streets in Fremantle’s historic West End are fed up with anti-social behaviour and drug dealing, and the lack of decisive action by the authorities.

Photos and videos taken by the locals show that drug dealing is going on many times a day and that allegedly also affects the backpackers hostel above Bar Orient.

There have been meetings with Fremantle Police, the City of Fremantle safety rangers, Councillors and affected business owners and residents, but there is no relief from the steady stream of itinerants playing up in the area.

The problems near the backpackers on the corner of Henry and High streets have been going on for years, so Fremantle Council will need to have some serious thoughts about how it can improve the amenity for those who get all the negative impact from drug users and dealers.

There is a visual increase in the number of homeless people in Fremantle over the last few months, as often happens during the summer months, and when they roam around in groups they become intimidating.

Up at the Roundhouse homeless people are making the public toilets their day destination and hang out inside, so many tourists are not comfortable using the toilets.

The rangers mainly show up at Arthur’s Head early in the morning to evict people from the verandahs of the cottages, but rarely come up to patrol the area later in the day any more, so that also needs to improve.

Homelessness is a sad reality in Australia and so is the increase in drug use, but law abiding citizens should feel safe on the streets of our cities, and so should our overseas and interstate visitors.

Roel Loopers

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