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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

STOLEN BELLA SCULPTURE POLICE CHARGES

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, crime, law&order, Uncategorized by freoview on October 24, 2019

 

Fremantle District – WA Police Force: Fremantle Detectives charged three people as a result of their investigation into a stolen statue.

Around 3.30am on 9 October 2019, unknown person(s) stole the statue ‘Bella’ from Bathers Beach in Fremantle. The statue is valued at approximately $100,000 and is the work of local J Shed sculptor Greg James. Sadly the statue has not been recovered.

As a result of information provided by the public, Fremantle Detectives were able to identify the men.

A 40-year-old man from Fremantle has been charged with:
• Stealing;
• Possess Methylamphetamine with Intent to Sell/Supply;
• Possess Drug Paraphernalia; and

• Possess Stolen Property.

He is due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on 22 November 2019.

A 38-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, both from Fremantle will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date in relation to drug and stolen property offences.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of “Bella” is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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STOLEN BELLA STATUE PERSON OF INTEREST

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

 

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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

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GREG JAMES SCULPTURE STOLEN FROM BATHERS BEACH

 

 

There are some effing morons in this world! Last night the lovely Bella sculpture by J Shed artist Greg James was stolen from its bench at Bathers Beach.

The bronze sculpture is one of the most photographed artworks in Fremantle and is worth well over $ 100,000. It probably weights 150kilo, so it would have taken a few people to lift it up on the back of a van.

If you read this post, crooks, let me tell you that people like you disgust me! Greg James puts a huge effort into his artwork. It takes time and dedication and it belongs at Bathers Beach, not in some fool’s backyard. Return it!

Roel Loopers

PAINTING STOLEN FROM FREO NATIONAL HOTEL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, crime, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on October 1, 2019

 

A painting by a local artist was stolen on the weekend from the National Hotel in Fremantle.

A man with a child on his shoulders lifted the painting off the wall as he and his companions made their way down the stairs from the rooftop bar.

This is the Facebook link with the CCTV footage on it. If you recognise the crook please do call Fremantle Police: https://www.facebook.com/kiya.kalem/videos/2458563700887673/UzpfSTE2NjMwMzk4NjE6MTAyMTc3ODAzMjY2OTQyMTU/

I wonder if committing a crime while accompanied by a child should be classified as child abuse because this man is clearly not a fit and proper person to raise children..

Roel Loopers

BIKE STOLEN FROM DISABLED WOMAN

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, crime, disability, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018

 

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If you see this bike anywhere in Fremantle or Cockburn please call police immediately!

The custom-made bike belongs to the delightful Danielle Loizou Lake who has a disability and this is her major form of transport, also to get the kids to school and pre-school.

It was stolen from Hamilton Hill last night, so please keep an eye out for it!!!!

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

FREE D LOCKS FOR FREMANTLE CYCLISTS

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, cycling, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team will be giving out free D-locks in an effort to reduce bike theft. The campaign will be launched at a Bike Theft Awareness Day at Kings Square this Friday 25 February, starting at 10am.

The ‘Lock down on bike theft’ campaign will focus on Fremantle’s city centre and run from February through to April.

It is a collaboration between Fremantle Police and the City of Fremantle, with the Public Transport Authority rolling out a similar initiative at Fremantle Train Station during February.

 

D-locks have been proven to be quite robust and they can only be removed using a cutting device or saw whereas a standard bike cable can be cut within 10 or 15 seconds using a standard cutting device.

The Community Safety Team has about 200 D-locks to give out to the public over the next two to three months.

 

Fremantle residents will be able to collect a free D-lock, have their bikes engraved and learn some handy tips about where to park their bikes and lock them properly.

The free D-locks are available to Fremantle residents only and are limited to one per person until stocks run out.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE CRIME RATE NOT BAD

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, law&order, police, western australia by freoview on July 27, 2016

New crime statistic released is the West Australian today show that Fremantle is doing relatively well compared to other suburbs, with the City of Perth CBD being the worst one.

Fremantle was only 7th in the Worst Crime Suburb, 8th in the Worst for Assaults, 8th again in the Worst Car Thefts, and it did not come in the top ten for the Worst Home Burglary Suburb category.

There is no doubt there is always room for improvement when it comes to crime and anti-social behaviour but it is good to see Freo is not near the top of criminal behaviour.

Roel Loopers

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