Maylands: Bayswater Police hail early success of Operation Cowhide

Maylands train station.
Maylands train station.

BAYSWATER Police officers are looking to continue reducing the crime rate in Maylands as they prepare to enter the last month of Operation Cowhide.

Following concern over anti-social behaviour along Eighth Avenue from Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Bayswater Council and the community in October, police started the operation on November 5, and it will run until February 28.

Bayswater Police work regularly with support organisations, the Cities of Bayswater and Stirling rangers, Mounted Police Section, the Regional Operations Group, WA Police Force Aboriginal and Community Diversity Unit and business owners.

Officer-in-charge John Waghorn said the rate of burglaries had dropped significantly.

“We are actually about 34 burglaries better off in the corresponding period last year but that is through all six suburbs,” he said.

“To reduce Maylands from where it was to where it is now has been good for us.

“With another month of the operation, we are confident that it can be reduced even further.”

Snr Sgt Waghorn said the goal for the next month was to build on early success.

“What we have done with Maylands is particularly on the Thursday evening when we have the overlap, we have dedicated a specific patrol through the Maylands area,” he said.

“For the next month where we wrap up Operation Cowhide, the principle aim is to continue to build on the success that we have been able to achieve.

“By doing that, we will be able to continue through our Thursday night early shift into Maylands and then outside of those dates be as proactive as we can.”

Ms Baker, who wrote to Police Minister Michelle Roberts to request a police ‘blitz’, said Bayswater Police have listened to the community and led a proactive operation.

“Foot patrols and mounted police make a strong visual statement that we do not tolerate anti-social behaviour in Maylands,” she said.

Mayor Dan Bull said the City’s rangers and security staff would continue to work with police to keep the community safe.

“Regular patrols are carried out as part of the City’s 24-7 Security Watch, providing more ‘eyes on the street’ and a safe presence in the area,” he said.

“The City keeps in close contact with the WA Police to help deter antisocial behaviour and prevent crime before it happens.”