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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

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

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.

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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

MISSING EAST FREMANTLE MAN FOUND

Posted in city of fremantle, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 19, 2017

 

Great news! Missing 88-year-old East Fremantle man Francisco Rebelo was found alive and well early this morning in a park on the corner of East and Burt Street in East Fremantle.

Police, SES volunteers and the Fremantle City community safety officers had all been searching for Francisco.

I drove around the area for an hour late yesterday afternoon, but failed to find him, so am am relieved for him and his family.

Rebelo is quite a familiar face around Fremantle, so this is a great outcome after he was missing for two cold nights.

 

Roel Loopers

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SEARCH FOR MISSING 88-YEAR-OLD EAST FREO MAN

Posted in city of fremantle, people, police, Uncategorized by freoview on October 18, 2017

 

The underpass at Peter Hughes Drive into Fremantle Port looked like a crime scene this morning, with a lot of police, SES and Fremantle City safety officers there, but it turned out they are looking for missing 88-year-old East Fremantle man Franco Robello.

Robello has white has white hair and a white beard, so should you see him around please contact police.

 

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OLD PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE NOT PAEDOPHILES!

Posted in children, fremantle, photography, police, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2017

 

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Parents have been complaining about all that rain during the school holidays, so with the weather back to Freo fantastic I wanted to see how busy the Winterworld ice skating n Fremantle was this morning.

I took a few wide-angle shots to show the crowd and when I turned around two police officers looked at me inquisitively, so I took my sunnies off and said hello.

Once I crossed over to the Esplanade Hotel side I noticed they were behind me and I hear “excuse me sir”

The officers wanted to know why I was taking photos, and while it is my lawful right to take pictures of anyone in a public open space, I explained I published a Fremantle blog, gave them my business card, even let them look at the few photos I had taken, and explained I was very well known in Freo, even by the head of police media who is a mate of mine, but they still wanted to see my drivers license.

I absolutely accept that the officers have a job to do, but I find it extremely offensive that an old man with a camera is automatically classified as a potential deviant paedophile, and questioned.

There were plenty of people taking photos with mobile phones, but I stood out with a professional DSLR Nikon. Would a child abuser really be that obvious and stupid?

I adore children and believe they are sacred. Anyone who interferes with a child should be shot as far as I am concerned, but it is not right to target professional photographers just because they are male and over 50.

I have great respect for police officers and the often awful job they have to do, but I feel quite insulted right now.

Roel Loopers

 

EASTER BOOZE BIKES

Posted in alcohol, drinking, fremantle, police, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017

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The WA Police gave Fremantle people and visitors an Easter surprise mid Monday morning on Marine Terrace.

It wasn’t the booze bus but three booze bikes who stopped motorists and tested them for alcohol.

Oooooh, I am over the limit? It must have been the Grand Marnier inside the Easter egg I ate earlier. ; >)

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$ 1 MILLION FOR POLICE ASSAULT ON FREMANTLE ESPLANADE

Posted in fremantle, law&order, police by freoview on December 9, 2016

Fremantle couple Robert Cunningham and Catherine Atoms have been awarded $ 1 million in damages by the WA District Court for an arrest made on the Esplanade and tasering by police in November 2008.

They  claimed they had been falsely imprisoned and assaulted when they were tasered and handcuffed  outside the Esplanade Hotel.

They had alleged the behaviour of the officers constituted battery and assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Amazing that it took them eight years to get justice!

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