THE City of Armadale will introduce a three-month security services trial in the Jull Street Mall to address concerns of anti-social behaviour and its impact on trade and public safety.
The trial will extend existing private security arrangements within the two major shopping centres into the public space in Jull Street.
It will be undertaken on weekday afternoons and peak business hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said that by extending the private contract, the cost of the trial could be minimised.
“The important thing is to measure whether these security personnel can make a difference. That will give the business community a good guide as to whether it is worth extending these patrols into the future,” he said.
Cr Zelones said that security staff were no substitute for real police and he would continue to fight for a regular police presence in Jull Street at all times.
“Like the business community, we are fed up with small groups of individuals that spoil the shopping and business experience of the broader community,” he said.
“People that are frightening or intimidating shoppers will be moved on. We’ve had enough.”
The City was going to allocate $26,700 from its Jull Street Mall revitalisation project to fund the program. But it will consider a “commensurate increase” to the account as part of its mid-year budget review in February 2017.
Armadale MLA Tony Buti welcomed the initiative and called on the “Barnett Government and Liza Harvey to do their part and increase police numbers for Armadale and to have a 24/7 public access |police station”.