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FREMANTLE HAS THIRD LOWEST CRIME RATE IN WA

Posted in city of fremantle, community, crime, homelessness, law&order, local government, police, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2018

 

The public perception that Fremantle is a hot spot for crime and antisocial behaviour is wrong according to the statistics, Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton, the officer in charge of the Fremantle police station, told a safety forum at the Townhall on Monday evening.

The senior sergeant said that Fremantle ranked third from the bottom of all local councils in Western Australia when it came to crime, and that the majority of crime in Fremantle is stealing of clothes and food, stealing bicycles, and stealing from cars.

Minister Simone McGurk said that the perception of safety depended on where you are in Fremantle and at what time of the day, but a perceived issue is a problem in itself.

A whole raft of issues needed to be addressed and we should look at the evidence of solutions in other cities.

Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton said that police had a real passion for Fremantle and that burglaries, theft and motor vehicle theft were down considerably, compared to last year. “Crime is definitely not out of control!”

He said there needed to be a platform for multi-agency support and collaboration and that the City of Fremantle safety officers and excellent CCTV network were very important.

Homelessness is a social problem. It is not a crime to be homeless and not a police problem.

Lately Fremantle had been experiencing a youth problem with truancies, especially from the new Fremantle College in Beaconsfield and that needed a multi-agency approach to deal with. Unfortunately many agencies had a too high threshold before they could engage with issues, and that meant they often came in too late.

The new policing system introduced by the new police commissioner meant that Fremantle police station has doubled in size and the officer in charge has more control and a better understanding of the problems.

Chris Scanlon, who leads the City’s safety team, said that they are improving their collaboration with NCOs around town and that an additional 39 new CCTV cameras will be installed over the next 12 months.

Michael Piu, the CEO of St Patrick’s said that Imagine Futures had brought together a large number of agencies which are working together at all levels, from youth problems and schools to homelessness. “We need to stop things from happening in the first place!”

It was a good forum last night, but we had one about a year ago, so we need to make sure that these forums are more than just talk fest, and that actual action is taken. As Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton said “My question after forums like these is what now?”

Two things that need improvement in Fremantle in my opinion are street lighting, maybe in some areas motion-triggered lights to flood a whole area, and the fact that too many drunks fall out of licensed premises, an indication that the responsible service of alcohol is not complied with and the Fremantle Accord is not working.

 

Roel Loopers

 

 

GOOD FREMANTLE CRIME RESULTS

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

 

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The van stolen from Elizabeth’s Bookshops in Fremantle a few days ago has been found in Victor Harbour, South Australia, so that is an indication how well social media works when people make a positive contribution.

Another good Freo story is that WA Police have been targeting shop lifting this week and arrested 9 shoplifters in three days. Well done!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SAFE CITY CENTRE FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, local government, police, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle will be holding a Freo Today-City Centre Forum about safety and crime in our city this coming Monday November 12 at 6pm in the Fremantle Townhall.

Senior Sergeant Brad Warburton from Fremantle Police will reveal the latest crime and safety statistics, and explain the new structure for WA Police which will see more officers stationed in Fremantle.

CoF Community Safety team leader Chris Scanlan will take about his team’s cooperation with Police and the roll-out of new CCTV cameras around the city.

Manager of Fremantle City Design Russell Kingdom will explain how good urban design can help create an environment in which people feel safe.

An additional 25 CCTV cameras will be installed soon thanks to a Federal Government grant of $ 928,000.

Roel Loopers

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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

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