Prompt reporting turns crime tide

Paula Newton with Community Newspaper Group editor-in-chief Greg Thomson and Seasons general manager Erin Erceg.
Paula Newton with Community Newspaper Group editor-in-chief Greg Thomson and Seasons general manager Erin Erceg.

Belmont Chief Executive Stuart Cole said it was thanks to alert residents’ timely reporting of graffiti or criminal damage to the council that appeared to have led to a reduction in graffiti in recent months.

‘Incidents of criminal damage have halved over the past year and the City is working with WA Police on a daily basis, with the goal of reducing local crime levels,’ said Mr Cole.

The council removes graffiti from all public and private property free of charge within 24 hours and within 12 hours if deemed offensive.

CCTV footage from the City’s cameras has also assisted WA Police in successfully targeting graffiti offenders during their operations.

To report anti-social or suspicious behaviour call the Police on 131 444 and the City of Belmont Community Watch on 1300 655 011.