Labor makes pledge to crackdown on Maylands crime

Police are searching for a hit and run driver after a Hocking crash. Picture: file image
Police are searching for a hit and run driver after a Hocking crash. Picture: file image

LABOR has pledged to help the City of Bayswater to “design out crime” in Maylands town centre.

Last December the Crime Reduction through Environmental Design report was launched.

It was a collaboration between the community, homeless service 55 Central, Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Focused Solutions and Curtin University.

The City of Bayswater is currently reviewing the report.

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If elected, Ms Baker said $140,000 will go to the City to implement some of the recommendations including adding public toilets in Maylands and CCTV and better lighting in areas where crime and anti-social behaviour have been a problem.

Kevin Dunn, 55 Central general manager, said the proposed upgrades were in line with the recommendations of the report.

Another important recommendation in the report was economic activation which would increase the number of people who would visit Maylands.

“The more people visit, the more people will feel safer in the area – greater number of people means increased visibility in the public eye, provides a stronger deterrent for fear of being noticed,” he said.

Liberal candidate for Maylands Amanda Madden said the report was a well-researched crime prevention method.

She said the State Government had worked with the City of Bayswater and invested in CCTV cameras and better lighting around the Bayswater train station area.

“This would be extended through to the Meltham and Maylands train stations if re-elected on March 11,” she said.