Mandurah crime issues results in police operation and petition

City of Mandurah representatives, Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup, Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams and police met to discuss crime in Mandurah.
City of Mandurah representatives, Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup, Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams and police met to discuss crime in Mandurah.

MANDURAH’S leaders have responded to recent high-profile crime incidents with a targeted police operation, a petition and a push for more police resources in the region.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the incidents of crime had understandably heightened many people’s fears about overall levels of crime here.

Sports Power owner Hayden Burbidge after two burglaries.

“The ram raiding of a local business, incidents in the CBD and the appalling spitting incident in a local fast food restaurant earlier this week are all unacceptable and those responsible deserve condemnation,” he said.

Video of a girl spitting at a McDonalds staff member in Lakelands was released on social media on Wednesday.

City of Mandurah staff, Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup, Mr David Templeman and WA Police representatives met to discuss an action plan.

Police launched a new operation targeting crime and antisocial behaviour in the Mandurah central business district.

As a result, there will be an increased police presence in central Mandurah, both day and night, and a zero tolerance to antisocial behaviour.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the ongoing day and night time security patrols will work alongside police as added support.

Mr Kirkup has started a petition calling for more police in Mandurah.

“We need to get tougher on crime and work harder to build and support a strong, safe and secure community,” he said.

“Our local Police do a great job but we need more of them.”

Mayor Rhys Williams said there needed to be a commitment to a permanent increase in policing resources, and specific support in assisting those with mental illness and addiction issues.

Mr Templeman said he had spoken to Premier Mark McGowan and the Minister for Police Michelle Roberts about the concerns raised about crime and anti-sociable behaviour in Mandurah.

“We’ve invested a lot of money upgrading CCTV in the CBD and I will work with the Council to look at other measures that are required,” he said.

There’s no doubt that a Zero Tolerance approach is required to respond to these challenges.

“I’ve requested that a concerted police effort is maintained and reinforced and that additional resources be diverted to assist in this effort.”

Mr Templeman urged residents not to allow the incidents of crime to define Mandurah.

“This is a magnificent place to live,” he said.

“So many wonderful people and organisations continue to do magnificent things to make this place a great place to live and visit.

“We don’t need to let spikes in crime or antisocial behaviour to trash our brand.

“We need to respond to those issues and work together for solutions, but let’s not allow Mandurah’s reputation and future be tarnished.

“It is time to work together.

“Our future depends on it.”