Residents form action groups demanding more police

Residents form action groups demanding more police

RESIDENTS are demanding more police in Mandurah and have formed action groups to affect change.

Dawesville resident Judy Drayton started the Mandurah Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour Action Group in response to increased crime rates.

A working party group was formed and two meetings have been held.

The group’s Facebook page has almost 500 members.

The aim of the group is to form a voice for the community to express concerns and present ideas to government agencies to help prevent ongoing anti-social behaviour.

“We are using people power,” Mrs Drayton said.

“Enough is enough, we want action now.

“People should not just accept this stuff.”

Mrs Drayton said the action group was not a vigilante group, but a voice for the community.

“We work together with police and politicians,” she said.

The group is considering a mission statement with the theme: non-violent action, protecting the community through education and community involvement.

Lake Clifton resident Tanya Gobby said locals were rallying in response to a spate of theft and burglaries at rural properties.

“The thieves are quite brazen, they suss out houses in cars through the day and strike at night,” she said.

“We have a few undesirables that need to be taken into account.

Mrs Gobby is organising a petition for an increased police presence and expects about 500 signatures.

“Our poor police are stretched to the limit, I feel sorry for them,” she said.

“We need more police.

“There is a problem out here as far as crime rates go.

“We believe more police will make an impact.”

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said under Police Commissioner Chris Dawson’s restructure Mandurah had been reinstated as a district in its own right, ensuring more uniformed police were available for patrols, traffic duties and response.

“In Lake Clifton and Heron property crime has fallen 19 per cent since 2016/17,” she said.

“As in any suburb, from time to time there will be spikes in various crime types and police respond to those trends by running pro-active operations.

“The Commissioner or Police makes decisions on the deployment of officers according to operational requirements.”

Anyone requiring Police assistance should call 131 444 and not take matters into their own hands.

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