Fremantle locals can have their say on crime

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FREMANTLE residents and businesses can have there say on what areas make them feel unsafe.

The City of Fremantle has asked locals to comment on their Community Safety and Crime Prevention plan, which is run by a reference group that includes the City and WA Police.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the Community Safety Plan would be guided by the feedback they received and would set our clear timelines, target and responsibilities.

“Police statistics show that crime in Fremantle is relatively low, but like any major centre we do have our issues and we have to collaborate as a community to ensure Fremantle is an even more safe and welcoming place,” he said.

“It will be really valuable for people to let us know what their recent experiences in Fremantle have been like – both good and bad – so we know what’s working well and what areas we need to focus on in the new plan.”

It also includes an interactive map where people can pin point places where they feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

A City spokesman said they hadn’t used a map like this before.

Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Danicia Quinlan said vagrancy and anti-social behaviour was becoming a significant issue within Fremantle.

“I am pleased to see the City launch the community safety plan alongside strong consultation with the business community,” she said.

“Hopefully it will be a constructive process, and that by working together collaboratively we can make a difference.

“It’s going to require action from the police, social services, the community and businesses.”

Residents will have until April 12 to comment.