BEING followed about 200m to the front door by an aggressive, drug-affected man is the final straw for a Mosman Park couple.
The couple is selling up after years of claimed crime from a nearby small State housing block in Wellington Street.
“It is ridiculous that we can’t feel safe at home. I am not a small person, I am fit, I don’t not scare easily, and my husband is tall and fit, and yet even he too was furious this happened and scared,” victim Mrs Henry (34), as she asked to be known, said.
The couple are selling their house after about 10 claimed incidents annually across the past six years, including more abuse, stolen bicycles, burglaries and thefts from cars, and a spree of damaged vehicles in their street on Australia Day.
The couple and their neighbours cited no successful actions by government agencies responsible for a nearby 26-unit Department of Communities-run (DoC) apartment block recently.
About 9.15pm on February 6, Mrs Henry was driving on Wellington Street when she was confronted by two men in a 4WD who had been yelling abuse near the block.
Her husband and other residents had been calling police repeatedly since 6pm that night.
“One walked slowly and steadily to the middle of the road to straddle the left-hand lane to force my car between their car and him, and he then lunged at the car and started yelling,” Mrs Henry said.
“The other man came around the far side of the car towards the front also charging at my car, yelling.”
She drove on, but a man chased her car up her street before he yelled over her fence, looking to climb over it, shouting for his mates.
Police finally arrived about 10.30pm, before which the couple were told there had been multiple reports about the men.
The couple do not blame police, whom they said had stretched resources since Cottesloe police station was downgraded and Perth-based mobile patrols started several years ago.
Mr Henry (42) said the DoC should distribute problem flats across several suburbs and not concentrate them in Mosman Park.
“Our council does nothing to make us feel safe. The police cannot patrol the streets every day. The State refuses to put surveillance into the apartment building and the streets it surrounds,” Mr Henry said.
Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock said he would ask the DoC next week if the block would be demolished or renovated.
A DoC spokesman said it was aware of complaints against one of the flats’ tenants and had discussed it with police this week.