Belmont residents list safety and security as top concerns


Residents in Belmont are anxious over safety and security.
Residents in Belmont are anxious over safety and security.

SAFETY and security top the list of concerns for residents of Belmont, according to a new survey.

Market researchers conducted a survey of residents and businesses in the City of Belmont and compared the results to 28 local government councils.

Safety and security were identified as priorities the community wants to see addressed, as residents expressed concerns about personal safety along with home and vehicle burglaries.

Mayor Phil Marks said community safety and crime prevention are a priority with the City, which had access to 354 CCTV cameras.

“The City works closely with WA Police and regularly provides them with CCTV footage relating to incidents,” he said.

“We currently have a success rate of approximately 32 per cent where offenders have been identified and prosecuted through the use of CCTV.

“We encourage you to report any incident to police.”

The approval and building of high density housing options contributing to the erosion of amenity, along with a desire for new vibrant economic hubs locally, were other hot topics for locals.

According to the survey, 70 per cent of Belmont area residents are satisfied with their suburb as a place to live and 67 per cent are happy with the council.

The City of Belmont set the industry standard in 10 community areas and 15 business areas, including listening to and respecting residents’ views, access to mental health information and support, and economic development.

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