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Push for plan to arrest crime rate

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Labor councillors Branko Licul and Marion Browne want to see a crime prevention plan developed within the coming months. Labor councillors Branko Licul and Marion Browne want to see a crime prevention plan developed within the coming months.

By Erica Visser

Labor councillors are pushing for City Council to develop a crime prevention plan by the end of June.

The establishment of such a plan was an election promise made by the Labor team, four of whom were elected to Council. Recent figures showed that crime levels in the city have remained static over the past two years, although some offences are well above the State average.

Councillor Darriea Turley will put forward a motion at Council's monthly meeting tonight for a plan be developed in the coming months.

The motion follows one that moved by Marion Browne last term of Council, which Clr Browne said had not yet been acted on.

Fellow Labor councillor Branko Licul said that the idea of tonight's motion was to "get the ball rolling".

Clr Browne said that while the $7 million Perilya debt had overshadowed many issues, other "things are still happening."

"It's always been a timely issue. It was an election promise and this motion is about finding ways to address crime in our community," Clr Browne said.

Clr Licul said that the plan would involve contact with police as well as other appropriate organisations.

"There would have to be a partnership from police to drive the initiative," he said.

Clr Browne said that looking into the installation of CCTV cameras in crime hot spots would be a task for a crime prevention committee.

CCTV has been a major topic of interest during the past two years and was included in Council's last budget before being cut at the last minute.

Councillors were due to be given a report on the cost and benefits of CCTV, following an information session with police. However, they are yet to receive it.

Clr Browne said that Council was in a state of limbo as it awaits an appeal against the mine valuation.

She said that it was not known whether Council could fund CCTV, but it should seek out grants from the State.

CCTV was installed at AJ Keast Park in Gypsum Street late last year, using grant funding.

A report on its effectiveness will be made, although Council could not say when.

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