Community Watch Patrols Should Focus on Residential Areas

Hamer Secure Parking owner Jesse Hogan wants to see City of Belmont’s security patrols to stay out of the airport.
Hamer Secure Parking owner Jesse Hogan wants to see City of Belmont’s security patrols to stay out of the airport.

A SMALL business owner in City of Belmont says council’s community watch patrols should stay out of the airport and focus solely on residential and industrial areas.

The Redcliffe parking service owner said all security within the airport suburb should be paid for by the airport, rather than using the council patrols.

Three ratepayer-funded patrol vehicles provide a 24-hour service to residents and businesses within the City of Belmont at a cost of $1.4 million a year.

Community Watch officers respond to calls from residents and businesses to assist with security concerns and issues in their community.

Hamer Secure Parking owner Jesse Hogan said he thought the patrols should stick to patrolling areas of high industrial and residential burglaries.

After experiencing two attempted break-ins Mr Hogan called City of Belmont to tell them the service was for residents, not the airport, but the patrols continued.

“As the weeks passed they were still driving around the airport which has enough profit to pay for its own security,” he said.

“So I called again this time told that they had been asked to cover the airport area.

“I reminded them that the residents have paid for this service – it’s not for the airport and it amazes me that a private company like the airport can get so much support for free.

“The state government is paying for the airport train; the federal government paid $500 million for the airport roads while small business (owners) like me struggle to get a eyes on the street patrol drive down our street.”

City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said the patrols were not permitted in the airport.

“They patrol around businesses in the industrial estate of the airport in the same manner as other businesses in the City of Belmont,” he said.

The City is split into three sections, with two of the vehicles concentrating on the residential areas of the City.

One of these vehicles also covers the Belmont industrial area and a third vehicle covers the Kewdale and Airport industrial areas and Ascot residential area.