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FREO BIG BROTHER WATCHING OVER US

Posted in city of fremantle, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2018

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will sign of on Wednesday on a CCTV Plan for 2019-2023 that will increase and improve CCTV monitoring thanks to a Federal Government grant of $ 928,000.

The Federal Government grant application was prepared with a request for $928,000 to allow:

• Installation of an additional 25 fixed High Definition 360 degree CCTV cameras; • Installation of 5 fixed Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras covering the following streets: Queen Victoria Street, High Street, Beach Street, South Terrace and Marine Terrace; • Purchase of 2 mobile CCTV trailers; • Installation of optic fibre within the CBD; and

• Future expansion will see CCTV located in the surrounding suburbs at key locations.

• Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras (ANPR) The proposed Plan considers upgrades to current infrastructure, improvements to crowded places, areas of gaps in the CBD and an expansion of the network to outer town centres.

Local police have requested the installation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras at strategic locations to monitor traffic entering the CBD as part of the application.

These locations were identified as:  Queen Victoria St x Parry St, Fremantle;  High St x Parry St, Fremantle;  Beach St x Parry St, Fremantle;  South Tce x Suffolk St, Fremantle;  Marine Tce x Norfolk St, Fremantle.

ANPR cameras work by scanning the number plates of all vehicles that pass a certain location. Following each plate read an evidential record is created for the vehicle compromising data (time, date & location) and images.

This record is only sent as a data file (SMS) to Police who may then cross check the image against a Vehicle of Interest (VOI) register. The records are stored for 30 days and are deleted at the end of that period. Only WA Police will have access to this data. The City will seek opportunity to receive gross vehicle numbers passing each point to use for analytical purposes.

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FREO’S BIG BROTHER REGO-GNITION

Posted in cars, cbd, city of fremantle, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

A  $ 928.336 Safer Community grant from the Federal Government will be used by the City of Fremantle to install automatic number plate recognition cameras at the entries to the city. The technology is similar to that used in WA police cars.

The new cameras would be an addition to the existing Fremantle CCTV network and installed at main roads into the CBD and also at Beach Street, Marine Terrace, Market Street, South Terrace and Queen Victoria Street.

The Fremantle CCTV system is controlled by the CoF and footage release on request to the WA Police, lawyers and members of the public as evidence in court cases.

The cameras scan all passing vehicles and identify persons of interest, unregistered  and stolen vehicles and drivers without a license.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CEO ON THE SAFETY BEAT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, law&order, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2018

 

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City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn wanted to find out first hand what issues the Community Safety Officers have to deal with daily, so he went out on the beat with them yesterday in the wet and cold weather.

I caught up with the team in the High Street Mall. The CEO is the one in the centre.

Roel Loopers

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GRAFFITI VANDALISM RAMPANT IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, graffiti, law&order, local government, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on April 10, 2018

 

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Graffiti vandalism has been rampant in Fremantle from North to South over the last weeks.

The inconsiderate morons don’t care that it cost the community millions of dollars to clean up the stupid tagging rubbish they spray onto every surface they can find.

And the illegal bill posting of massive posters that promote music gigs is also highly annoying and not on.

Their total lack of respect for property and people is unbelievable and unacceptable!

Roel Loopers

DON’T GET IMPORTANT MAIL STOLEN!

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on March 9, 2018

 

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Fremantle Police just warned on Twitter that we should lock our letterboxes.

They issued a warrant and confiscated a large number of mail items in a property in White Gum Valley.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CRIME RATES COMING DOWN

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 27, 2018

 

The Fremantle Network meeting at the National Hotel on Monday evening was mainly about community safety, crime and anti social behaviour.

The acting officer in charge of the Fremantle Police station Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone, who also lives in Freo, gave a detailed account of the crime rate in Fremantle that has gone down steadily over the last few years, with the new bicycle patrol considered to be one of the reasons for it as officers can visit known trouble spots more often and faster.

The Detective Sergeant said that Fremantle was different from anywhere else in WA because it has all the elements. We are the second entertainment centre of the state, have many festivals, concerts, events, the beaches, museums, heritage, tourism and the port and that attracts a large number of people.

He said the vast network of City of Fremantle CCTV cameras was of great assistance to Police, who sat down each morning for briefings and create a list of benchmark balance contacts.

He said the key message he wanted to give is that crime in Fremantle is down by 5.7%, but that Police can not work in isolation and needs the support of the community, local traders, BID and the Freo City Community Safety officers.

Theft from shops, cars and bicycles theft is the highest crime rate in the CBD, but all crime rates are continually down on a weekly basis.

There is an online Smartbox where authorised people can upload photos of offenders that go straight to the officers on the beat and the 1300 366 666 number for the public was very efficient to report crime and get a fast response.

The new model soon to be introduced by the new Police Commissioner would see a focus on Perth and Fremantle.

Chris Scanlon, the officer in charge of the City of Fremantle Community Safety team spoke about their support for the Police and being on the streets from 7am to 9pm and now also had added till 2 am on Wednesdays to Saturdays.

He said the Community Safety team was keen to work with the Precincts and set up a Neighbourhood E Watch system.

The City would install 35 new CCTV cameras soon in locations decided in collaboration with Police, and would also introduce license plate recognition cameras at the entries to Fremantle.

Chris Scanlon said that improving the design of public spaces and better lighting was also a priority for his team.

There is no doubt that many people in the Fremantle community feel intimidated by anti social behaviour and foul language, but most of that is not considered crime and only move on notices are given, but the official figures provided by the relaxed and well informed Detective Sergeant Phil Gazzone prove that crime is coming down in Fremantle and that Police, Community Safety and BID are doing their very best to make Freo a happy and safe place to visit and live in.

Roel Loopers

CRIME DEBATE AT NATIONAL HOTEL TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, fremantle network, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

North Fremantle residents Glen and Louise who own the Glen Cowans Photography Gallery at the Roundhouse took advantage of the free D-Lock offer for their bikes by Freo City

 

The monthly Fremantle Network meetings are always interesting and informative, so make sure to attend them.

This evening at 6pm it will be all about community safety, crime, law&order, anti social behaviour, shoplifting, etc.

The event is upstairs at the National Hotel and kitchen and bar are open, so stay for dinner and network!

Join the discussion about the reality of local crime and safety issues, and what the Fremantle Police and Council are doing about it with Acting Officer in Charge, Senior Sergeant Phil Gazzone from Fremantle Police and Christopher Scanlan from the Council’s Community Safety Team.

Local police and community safety officers have been collaborating on a range of strategies to reduce antisocial behavior, improve safety and tackle crime in our city. This collaboration and coordination is having positive results.

Plus newly elected President of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce, and owner of iconic local business Benny’s, Ivan Dzeba will provide an update on the Chamber’s agenda and priorities for supporting local business in 2018.

Roel Loopers

IGNORANT CRITICISM OF FREMANTLE MAYOR

Posted in city of fremantle, law&order, local government, retail, Uncategorized by freoview on February 9, 2018

 

I find letters to editors and calls to talk-back radio by people who are ignorant of facts  very annoying. The writers, or callers, often unfairly blame people who can do very little to address the problems they complain about.

That applies to a letter in today’s Fremantle Herald by Steve Grady of Palmyra.

Mr Grady is rightly upset about the recent stabbing of a man in front of his partner and child and that anti social problems in Fremantle are not acceptable.

But to blame Mayor Brad Pettitt and tell him to spend less time on minority groups and bleeding hearts and concentrate on law enforcement is just a show of ignorance.

The Mayor, Council and City of Fremantle are not responsible for law enforcement, but WA police is. The City of Fremantle however has increased the number of  community safety officers and they do longer shifts into the night.

An article in today’s West Australian reports that the rate of crime in Western Australia has risen again, so Fremantle’s problems are not unique.

The correspondent to the Herald also complains about businesses closing down and that the Fremantle Mayor should do something about the rent shop owners have to pay.

There is a world-wide downturn in retail and many shops in Fremantle have closed because of new development, and Fremantle Council cannot dictate how much rent building owners can charge retail outlets, so why put the blame for it to Brad Pettitt.

The headline in the Chook is Brad cops it, yep, but for all the wrong reasons because none of it is his or the City of Fremantle’s fault.

Ignorance is not bliss!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE STABBING IN FRONT OF FOUR-YEAR OLD

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on February 2, 2018

 

I have not reported the stabbing of a man in front of the Fremantle courthouse on Wednesday the 24th of January out of consideration for the victim and his parents, whom I have known for over twenty years. But the Fremantle Herald and 6PR reported about it today, so no need for me to hold back any more.

The victim is the son of a long-time High Street business operator and the family are all in shock and have totally lost their sense of safety in Fremantle since the attack.

The victim, his partner and their four-year old daughter had been to the Peace Boat event at B Shed and had a meal at the Upmarkets afterward.

When they returned to their car they were threatened by two men, with one of them stabbing the victim in his upper chest with a screwdriver and smashing a car window with a beer bottle, all in front of a terrified child.

While Fremantle community safety officers and police do a good job, there is not enough police presence in Fremantle at night on weekdays, and that makes walking through Freo pretty risky at times, depending on if one happens to come across a drunken or drugged lunatic.

Roel Loopers

WOMEN DESERVE AND DEMAND RESPECT

 

The Fremantle Network at the National Hotel last night debated the unacceptable high instances of sexual attacks on women in clubs, pubs and during music events.

Rebecca Snedden and Will MacDonald of Safer Venues WA spoke about the need to raise awareness, collaborate with venues, the alarming statistics of prevalence of harassment on women, and what kind of harassment it is and what causes it.

Safer Venues WA did an online survey in which 80% of female participants reported harassment, unsolicited sexual comments, verbal harassment, non consensual touching, and intimidation by men in venues in Perth and Fremantle.

Of the women who participated in the survey 42% had left a venue because of harassment, but most of them had not reported it to the venue management.

Steps are being taken to address this in venues with better staff and security staff training, signage in venues, that victims coming forward will be believed, better gender balance of security people, musicians calling out from stage to respect women, etc.

It is also important for other people to call out unacceptable behaviour. It just takes one to step between a woman who is harassed and the perpetrator and to take her away from him.

Community lawyer Kate Davis said that only 15% of sexual attacks are reported to police and from that only 10% make it to court. Australia has an incredibly low rate of convictions for sexual assault, to the point that it has become a concern for the United Nations.

Often women who have complained about sexual assault are character assassinated in court and hence most don’t bother to report the crime because of the humiliation they face.

Western Australia has the highest rate of domestic violence in Australia and it has been growing alarmingly I read a couple of weeks ago, which is a clear indication that far too many men do not respect women and don’t treat them as equals. That is not on.

Here my message to men who don’t know how to behave toward women:

It is not manly, macho or blokey to assault women physically or verbally. It’s what cowards do, and it is a criminal offence!

Women don’t ask for it because they are dressed sexy, and you have no reason whatsoever to believe that they dress up for you to touch them, attack them, or insult them.

When you buy a women a drink you don’t buy the right to her body.

To make absolutely sure there are no confusing messages, let the woman take the initiative. If she wants to get to know you better and more intimately she will let you know in no uncertain terms. But even when she kisses and cuddles you she might still not want to have sex with you, so chill, relax and treat her with respect!

Roel Loopers

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