Security patrols to resume in The Vines

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A SECURITY patrol service for The Vines will recommence this July after community feedback for the service to return.

The service will operate from 7am until 2am, seven days a week and will be funded by ratepayers within The Vines only, from a $196.25 security levy on rates notices.

Ratepayers in The Vines will receive a letter in early June outlining the service and how to contact the patrols.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the City’s priority was to ensure the community feels safe and secure, and this service will be a visible safety presence in the area.

“The surveillance patrols will be extra eyes and ears to assist Police, and includes reporting suspicious persons or vehicles, responding to anti-social behaviour issues and proactively reporting vandalism and damage,” he said.

The security patrols service previously ran in Ellenbrook and The Vines until 2018, and was partially funded by property developer contributions which have since ended.

In June 2018, Council resolved to end the patrol service in Ellenbrook and The Vines after community consultation, however following this decision, a petition was received from some residents to reinstate the security patrols within The Vines.

Swan Valley/Gidgegannup Ward Councillor Charlie Zannino said once the petition was received, Council considered a number of security service options and resurveyed The Vines community to understand willingness to fund the service.

“After carefully considering the options and community feedback, Council decided to reinstate this service in The Vines for three years, and residents will be surveyed again in two years to confirm if the service continues beyond 2022,” he said.

“The service for Ellenbrook will stay on pause and residents will be resurveyed in September this year to confirm if they would like the service to return or stop completely.”