Gaining ground on crime

Criminology researcher Natalie Gately is investigating youth alcohol and drug use in Perth.
Criminology researcher Natalie Gately is investigating youth alcohol and drug use in Perth.

Despite one or two increases in figures in the last 12 months, South Metropolitan Police believe its relationship with Cockburn’s CoSafe security service is helping them win the battle.

‘There isn’t really any more crime in Cockburn than anywhere else,’ said Sergeant David Whitelaw.

‘But we do know local police are working with CoSafe, and they’re doing a really good job.’

Hamilton Hill recorded the highest aggregate total of crime reports, made up of assaults, burglaries, graffiti and stolen vehicles. The suburb recorded 462 reports, up from 442 12 months earlier.

Included in that figure were assaults, which rose 22 per cent in the last 12 months.

On the flip side, assaults in Spearwood dropped 20 per cent although the suburb remains a crime hotspot.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said that while the statistics were promising, there was still a lot of work to do.

‘One can never be happy with any form of crime,’ he said.

‘Given feedback from our local police and through regular briefing sessions with them, there has been an improvement in the crime statistics, however we must continue to be alert to opportunistic crimes and take precautions regarding our personal safety and property.’