Drop seen in Freo crimes

While the size of the suburb at a little under 2000 people played a role, it was almost 150 incidents fewer than Beaconsfield recorded at the same time, leaving the latter suburb with the worst numbers after the city centre, which notched 797 incidents.

The WA Police weekly statistics show a decrease in crime committed in the Fremantle region including assaults, burglary, graffiti, robbery and motor vehicle theft, with 1949 crimes committed in the 12 months to March 2012, dropping to 1758 to March 2013.

The biggest offences for most suburbs were burglaries, except for Fremantle, which registered 407 assaults, while Beaconsfield and Hilton also registered high numbers of assaults compared to neighbouring suburbs, with 41 and 53 respectively.

City of Fremantle Corporate Services director Glen Dougall said the City had introduced a number of initiatives to support the police in their role.

‘The City is very mindful of the need to keep abreast of initiatives which support a safer Fremantle and will continue to review the Fremantle Community Safety Plan to ensure this,’ he said.

‘Some initiatives include installing a semi-monitored CCTV system, extending the hours of the ranger service and employing safety and liaison officers specifically to operate in the CBD area.’

A street lighting audit has been conducted and many areas have been identified as requiring more or up-to-date lighting.