Pedal power added to City of Fremantle’s beat on the streets

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt with Fremantle Police and members of the Community Safety Team.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt with Fremantle Police and members of the Community Safety Team.

THE City of Fremantle’s Community Safety Team has a new weapon in its crime fighting arsenal – pedal power.

The new bikes, purchased from a local bike shop, will be used to patrol streets and parks from 7am to 5pm, focusing on the city centre and South Beach.

Community Safety team leader Chris Scanlan said Fremantle was the first local government in WA to introduce bike patrols.

“With the bikes we can cover a much greater area and respond a lot quicker than we could on foot,” Mr Scanlan said.

“We can also get into the hidden and hard to reach places around the city that are difficult to access in a car.”

The Community Safety Team bike patrol will hold joint patrols with the Fremantle Police bike squad.

The new-look Community Safety Team, launched late last year, is the City’s first response for low-level crime and anti-social or nuisance behaviour.

Eight team members patrol the Fremantle CBD and suburbs from 7am to 9pm every day of the week and respond to call-outs on 1300 360 666.