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(7/8/2019) Have your say on Fremantle Community Safety Plan

The City of Fremantle is seeking public feedback on a new Community Safety Plan.

The draft Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan sets priorities for community safety and crime prevention for the next five years across the City of Fremantle.

It was developed by the City’s Community Safety Reference Group, which includes senior members of WA Police, City of Fremantle elected members and staff.

The plan is based on the input received from nearly 500 people who were engaged either online or face to face via workshops, school visits, forums or surveys during an extensive community engagement process.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the aim of the City was to create an environment in Fremantle where people felt safe, with public spaces designed to be actively used throughout the day and night that encouraged people to linger and interact.

“The City of Fremantle has made a big commitment towards community safety through initiatives like our expanded Community Safety Team and our actively monitored CCTV network,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“But community safety and crime prevention are complex issues and many aspects are not under the control of local government, so it needs a collaborative effort from all tiers of government, local businesses and the community.

“That’s why the Community Safety Plan includes direct actions for the City to implement, and also identifies other areas outside of our control where we can advocate on behalf of the community.”

Some of the recommendations in the plan include maintaining relationships with WA Police and support for crime prevention campaigns such as ‘Look, Lock, Leave’ and Neighbourhood Watch.

The plan also recommends the City continue to work with community service providers to increase the level of social support available in Fremantle, such as the recently announced 20 Lives 20 Homes program, and continue to share information with the business community.

Other actions include the installation of safe parking zones to deter bike theft, seeking opportunities and funding to expand the CCTV network and improved lighting.

 The Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan is out for public comment until Friday 23 August.

For more information and to provide feedback visit the City of Fremantle’s My Say Freo website.