Morley Camera House owner closes store early due to antisocial behaviour

Warren Forder, the owner of Morley Camera House, and Opposition leader Mark McGowan are concerned about crime in Morley.
Warren Forder, the owner of Morley Camera House, and Opposition leader Mark McGowan are concerned about crime in Morley.

MORLEY Camera House owner Warren Forder says antisocial behaviour in the area is so bad he has had to start closing his shop early.

Mr Forder said in order to keep staff safe when closing, he decided to start closing early in winter before sunset.

‘Often the problems are at night, when people are leaving the Galleria,’ he said.

‘There have been issues with fighting.’

He said more CCTV and better lighting was needed.

State Opposition leader Mark McGowan said Morley had become a crime hotspot and the State Government needed to honour its election commitment to improve safety in the region.

Mr McGowan said the Government promised to spend $25.5 million on tackling crime hotspots, including on a State CCTV network and more mobile police.

‘Mr Barnett went to the election promising to provide more resources for crime hotspots but he has not been true to his word,’ he said.

‘The safety of our community is being neglected.’

Another Morley business owner, Wendy Davies, and Noranda resident Cornelius Van der Merwe, who was attacked at his home last year, also echoed calls for more lighting and CCTV.

Acting Police Minister John Day said the Government was on track to deliver its CCTV funding.

‘We have brought together experienced representatives from across Government, local government, business and industry to develop and implement the State CCTV strategy which will align with other crime deterrent strategies,’ he said.

‘The Liberal National Government has a raft of law and order initiatives beyond CCTV, including the delivery of 550 extra officers, mandatory penalties for vicious home invasions and serial burglars, covert hoon cameras and tougher laws to combat hoon driving and graffiti.’

He said officers recently moved back into the renovated and upgraded Morley Police Station, part of the west metropolitan district accommodation upgrade project.