City of Belmont: Rising crime ‘shocking’

City of Belmont: Rising crime ‘shocking’

“SHOCKING” statistics published last week revealed that the crime rate of some City of Belmont suburbs has risen by more than 20 per cent.

This has led to renewed calls for the Belmont police station to be open to the public for 24 hours a day.

According to police statistics, the metropolitan average for crime comprising assault, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, robberies and graffiti was 10.4 per cent for 2015-16.

Belmont Community Group president Cassie Rowe, who is also the Labor candidate for Belmont, said the statistics showed the need for better policing in local suburbs.

Ms Rowe said the group had been running its Belmont Safer Campaign for years and called again on the State Government to establish a 24-hour police station in Belmont.

She said it would improve police response times and ensure a greater police presence.

“The statistics are shocking and show that our community is right to be concerned with the lack of investment in local policing, despite previous assurances from Police Minister Liza Harvey.

“Crime does not only happen between 9am-5pm, and I will continue to lobby the State Government for a 24-hour police station in Belmont.”

Meanwhile, the City of Belmont invited local police to its next information session to ask what the police are doing about rising crime rates and what the City could do to help.

Belmont councillor Pat Gardner said the statistics painted a “clear picture” that something was not working from multiple agencies and all levels of government.