Statistics from the Perth Police sub district show assaults have fallen 38.3 per cent between 2009 and 2014 from 1447 to 1047, stealing dropped 30.3 per cent between 2009 and 2014 from 5866 to 4411, while the number of robberies has almost halved, plummeting 55.7 per cent between 2009 and 2014 from 194 to 86.
Perth Police Station officer-in-charge Craig Parkin attributed the decrease to various factors including early intervention, a bigger police presence and their strong relationship with government agencies and licensed premises in the area.
‘From a policing perspective our mantra here is early intervention ” so the move on legislative has been very effective, we issue between 40 and 50 notices per day,’ Inspector Parkin said.
‘On a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night which we class as our busy nights we have what’s called operation Night Safe and that’s about placing a maximum amount of police and giving that visual presence and deterrence out on the street.’
Figures from the City of Perth’s SafeCity Research report completed in May also show a restored perception of public safety in the area with an average of 82 per cent of 608 businesses, residents and visitors surveyed feeling ‘very safe’ or ‘safe’ during the daytime while an average of 36 per cent feel ‘safe’ at night.
Mustang Bar owner Michael Kellier said the concerted efforts of police, the City of Perth and other licensed premises in the area were helping to change the perception of Northbridge.
‘The statistics are irrefutable and once again show the continual decline in anti-social behaviour that is often associated with areas such as Northbridge,’ he said.