Coolbinia residents call for better crime deterrents after recent spate of incidents

Coolbinia residents call for better crime deterrents after recent spate of incidents

COOLBINIA residents are keen for better lighting in the suburb’s parks and reserves to deter crime.

About 50 residents gathered at Beverley Murchison Reserve on Monday afternoon for a safety forum weeks after a violent home invasion on Armadale Crescent in October in which three men left a 62-year-old victim with serious head injuries.

A trio of armed men also took a grey Mazda hatchback from a teenage boy in the same street in October.

The forum was hosted by Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman and attended by Federal Perth MHR Tim Hammond, four WA Police officers and City of Stirling staff and councillors.

When one forum attendee, who did not give his name, mentioned better lighting at parks, he received a round of applause.

He said the lack of lighting made the parks and reserves pitch black.

A City of Stirling representative said he would take it on notice.

North West Metro District Superintendent Paul Dallimore said compared to some other suburbs in his district Coolbinia was one the of the safest.

“Coolbinia is one of the areas (that) enjoys, comparatively, lower crime than other parts of the district,” he said.

“That doesn’t mean that anything that occurs in this area isn’t as important to me to resolve on your behalf as it is the rest of the district.”

Superintendent Dallimore said he understood how residents felt in light of recent crimes in the area and relayed his own experience as a child.

“As a young kid I remember many years ago now, being at home with my siblings, I was about eight years of age, and my father wrestling with someone that had broken into our house in the middle of the night,” he said.

“One thing I still remember about that occasion is the fear that myself and my siblings had about going into our own bedrooms to sleep, that lasted a long time.”

He said nothing definitive linked the two October crimes, but police had not ruled it out and were pursuing those lines of enquiries.

Mr Hammond said the best way he could help was to petition the Federal Government.

He gathered names and contact details from attendees to keep them informed.

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