Midland ‘cry for help’

A Midland resident inspects criminal damage. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d413440
A Midland resident inspects criminal damage. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d413440

One resident who wrote to the Hills Gazette this week told of drunken behaviour, yelling of profanities, smashing of glass bottles, public nuisance, anti-social behaviour and petty crime by groups of youths roaming the streets at night.

He said some residents were ‘living in fear’ of retribution if they called the police.

‘In my view, there needs to be better preventative measures or deterrents taken in the area so that residents do not feel as though they live in fortresses, afraid of the outside world,’ he said.

He said police should be taking a more pro-active approach to the safety of the community, rather than a reactive response of crime fighting once damage has been done.

The man said Tuohy Lane, in Midland’s CBD, was a particular ‘hot spot’ for anti-social behaviour and crime, including property damage.

Both businesses and homes in the area have had windows broken in recent weeks.

Recent statistics supplied by WA police show Midland continues to be a hot spot for crime.

Crimes in all major categories rose in the 12 months ended November 30 ” the latest official reporting period ” with residential burglaries leading the way. They rose by 14 year on year, just ahead of commercial and other burglaries, up by seven.

The number of crimes in Swan View and Stratton fell in the period, particularly residential burglaries. They dropped by 33 in Swan View and 20 in Stratton.

Overall in Midland, Midvale, Swan View and Stratton, burglaries were down by 49 in the year ended November 30. Car thefts were down by seven, with the total number of offences rising by just 22 ” a good result for police in the fast-growing area.

Sergeant Craig Davis, officer in charge of Midland police, said the numbers had continued to fall in the past six months following an increase in the number of patrols in the area as police cracked down on burglaries across the region.

He agreed that recurring property damage to business premises was making business owners and residents feel insecure.

‘That is why I have increased the patrols within the Midland CBD,’ he said.

‘I also agree about being pro-active rather than reactive.

‘That’s why the CBD team was introduced ” they are very proactive.’

The Midland resident said under-resourced police were not to blame for the crime problems. He said the State Government needed to remedy the issues at the heart of anti-social behaviour, crime and delinquency and provide more support and help to the underprivileged and those with social issues in the area.

‘Many people in these groups are crying out for help and are not being heard,’ he said.

– Read the resident’s full letter on page 2

– Police reaction: Page 3

– Editor’s Desk: Page 3