Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, state government, Uncategorized by freoview on March 7, 2020


The Police Union is not happy with the safety of the Fremantle police station in High Street, and that is no surprise really as the former bank building is inappropriate for a police station, and it has no secure parking for police and staff vehicles, as the torching of three vehicles last weekend highlighted.

But Police Minister Michelle Roberts has indicated that the State Government has now identified the new location for a new Fremantle police station, and I wonder where that will be.

There were rumours of the new police station being part of the proposed Woolstores development in Cantonment Street, but also that the girls and boys in blue might take over the Adelaide Plaza in Adelaide Street, and the former St John’s ambulance site in Parry Street also came up as a possibility.

Michelle Roberts has indicated they will announce the new location soon, so stay tuned Freo.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on March 3, 2020


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Good to know that police have charged a 27-year-old man from Gosnells for the torching of three police cars in Leake Street on Sunday night.

Damage to the cars is estimated to be $ 160,000, so it is good to get people who commit these crimes off our streets.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on March 2, 2020


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There are some brainless idiots around, hey!

Three police cars were set on fire in Leake Street last night at the back of the Fremantle police station.

I have no time at all for those in our society who believe that they should be allowed to break the law and who verbally attack police officers, spit on them, behave violently, or damage police property.

Police officers are not malicious sadists who like to inflict pain upon the community, they do their job, so if you drive too fast, drink and drive, use your mobile phone while driving, steal, attack people, or break any of the laws and rules we as a society have set for ourselves, than just cough up, admit your mistake and don’t blame the police.

Without a solid police force we would live in chaos and anarchy, so show some respect for those out on the beat who do a bloody dangerous job when trying to keep us all safe.

The rate at which police officers have had to use force is up by 54%, due to drugs and a general lack of respect for police and  the community. Think about it!

Roel Loopers



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


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on February 5, 2020




A big shout out out the WA Police officers in the paddy wagon that drove against the one way traffic in Fremantle’s William Street at 12.10pm today and turned right against the traffic into one way Adelaide Street.

They did not have flashing lights or sirens on and drove at a leisurely speed. I followed them on foot to see which kind of priority call they attended but lost sight of them when they turned right into Queen Street, on the footpath behind the St John’s church.

Even if it had been a priority one call they would have been better to turn right from William into Henderson and then left into Queen street, because even with sirens on it is more likely that one gets stuck in a one way street when one drives in the wrong direction.

Roel Loopers



Posted in alcohol, city of fremantle, law&order, local government, police, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on February 2, 2020






When on the early Sunday morning walk through Fremantle the first thing one sees is vandalism, one knows that there is something wrong in our society, where the entitlement I do what I want is not restricted to some politicians, but to other morons as well.

Idiots had pushed over the big dinosaur in front of the Fremantle market at night and owner Tony just arrived when I took a photo of it.

The Fremantle Community Safety Rangers came to the rescue and helped Tony lift the heavy attraction back on its feet.

Walking further down town there was a racket coming from the balcony of the Fremantle Beach Backpackers in High Street just after 7am, with loud music and swearing, and I understand there are very often complaints of antisocial behaviour from and near the hostel.

The I don’t care attitude of far too many people, and the impact it has on the community, needs to be better addressed by our governments and police.

Fremantle will have more taverns and bars in the near future, because we live in a society where the desire for activation appears to equal the consumption of alcohol, and there needs to be a way of restricting the number of alcohol outlets through our planning system.

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019


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A crime scene has been established in front of the Fremantle Esplanade hotel by WA Police with forensic officers and detectives on site this morning.

I have not been able to get any details of what happened, but that there was a fight that started somewhere between the Esplanade Youth Plaza and the Carriage cafe last night that spread to over the road on the corner of Essex Street and Marine Terrace, with one resident telling me there had been a lot of blood behind the cafe on the Esplanade.

Just down the road a resident of Norfolk Street has taken residential property protection to a different level with a razor wire, or was it put up by the Norfolk Hotel?

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2019




Fremantle POLICE wants to question this man as a person of interest about the stolen Bella sculpture from Bathers Beach, so if you recognise this person please do call Police!

At about 3.30am on Wednesday 9th October 2019, offender/s stole the ‘Bella’ statue valued at $50,000 from Mews Road, Bathers Beach, Fremantle.
The male depicted below is wanted for questioning in relation to the stealing. He was last sighted travelling in an Easterly direction along the cycle lane, parallel to the Fremantle Station rail line with the distinctive bicycle trailer.
If you have any information please contact Fremantle Detectives on 9431 1228.
Incident Report 091019 1315 89131 refers.

Roel Loopers



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


Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, local government, police, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on August 7, 2019


The City of Fremantle is seeking public feedback on a new Community Safety Plan.

The draft Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan sets priorities for community safety and crime prevention for the next five years across the City of Fremantle.

It was developed by the City’s Community Safety Reference Group, which includes senior members of WA Police, City of Fremantle elected members and staff.

The plan is based on the input received from nearly 500 people who were engaged either online or face to face via workshops, school visits, forums or surveys during an extensive community engagement process.

The aim of the City is to create an environment in Fremantle where people feel safe, with public spaces designed to be actively used throughout the day and night that encourages people to linger and interact.

The City of Fremantle has made a big effort towards community safety by increasing the Community Safety Team and the CCTV network which will be expanded this year.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said “But community safety and crime prevention are complex issues and many aspects are not under the control of local government, so it needs a collaborative effort from all tiers of government, local businesses and the community.

“That’s why the Community Safety Plan includes direct actions for the City to implement, and also identifies other areas outside of our control where we can advocate on behalf of the community.”

Some of the recommendations in the plan include maintaining relationships with WA Police and support for crime prevention campaigns such as ‘Look, Lock, Leave’ and Neighbourhood Watch.

The plan also recommends the City continue to work with community service providers to increase the level of social support available in Fremantle, such as the recently announced 20 Lives 20 Homes program, and continue to share information with the business community.

Other actions include the installation of safe parking zones to deter bike theft, seeking opportunities and funding to expand the CCTV network and improved lighting.

The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan is out for public comment until Friday 23 August.

For more information and to provide feedback visit the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website.

Roel Loopers


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