Armadale not the ‘crime capital of Perth’ – Mayor Henry Zelones

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones.
Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d450161
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d450161

Armadale has been slammed in the media around Perth as the state’s crime hot spot.

According to police crime figures, Armadale had 1215 offences last year.

“When I was elected mayor, the population was 64,500, now it is 87,000,” he said.

“So clearly people want to live in Armadale.”

He said the City had come a long way.

“We have a hugely improved shopping district and our parks and gardens have improved out of site.

“We have had sharp growth over the past five years.

“The community responded sharply and said it was a wonderful place to live.”

Canning MP Andrew Hastie said people had come to him with concerns.

He also said that ice still continued to be a major issue.

“The feedback that I get from constituents living in the Armadale area is that some of them do feel they are living in a dangerous environment,” he said.

“It would be naive to suggest that there is no link between drug use and overall crime rates; however further evidence would be required in order to determine how much of an impact ice in particular has on crime rates.

“While there is a strong argument for a 24/7 police station in the Armadale area, the merits of this needs to be weighed up against utilising police resources to man a police station around the clock.”

Support for 24/7 police station

SEVERAL politicians in the Armadale area have thrown their support behind a 24/7 police station for Armadale.

Armadale MLA Tony Buti said he was angry that his previous pleas for better police resources and a 24/7 public access police station for Armadale had been consistently knocked back.

“Armadale Police do a great job in the circumstances but they must have more support from the Minister for Police and the Police Commissioner,” he said.

“The South East Metro police district has only one 24/7 public access police station. All other police districts in the metropolitan area have two.”

Mr Hastie said there was a strong argument for it, but in the end it would be up to the State Government.

Police Minister and Deputy Premier Liza Harvey said the government was committed to making the community safer, but how the resources achieved the outcome was up to the Commissioner of Police.

“Police officers work out of Armadale Police Station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“As a result of the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to grow WA Police by an additional 550 officers and the Frontline 2020 policing model, the number of sworn officers policing the Armadale community has more than doubled.”

Labor candidate for Burt Matt Keogh said he was also keen for the 24/7 station.

“Crime doesn’t stop at four o’clock and people want access to a station,” he said.