Local police station needed more than ever

October 8th, 2014 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Fast facts:

During 2013/14 there were 99 domestic assaults, 52 breaches of restraining orders, 4 robberies of non-businesses, 229 home break-ins, 78 burglaries of non-dwellings, 73 car thefts and 538 offences for theft in the suburb of Baldivis (Source: Parliamentary Question 2791).

Baldivis is the third largest growing region in the state (Source: WA property News 8/5/2014).

Member for Kwinana Roger Cook MLA and Member for Warnbro Paul Papalia MLA have renewed their calls for a local police station to be established in Baldivis, following the release of the 2013/14 crime statistics showing there had been a spike in crime in the Baldivis area.

Baldivis had the equal highest number of threatening behaviour, it was the second highest for robbery of non-businesses, overwhelmingly the highest for home burglary and car theft, second highest for damage to property, second highest for graffiti and the highest number of both domestic assaults and breaches of violence restraining orders.

Mr Cook said it takes police at least 15 minutes to get to Baldivis from Rockingham Police Station during normal working hours. Out of normal working hours the nearest 24-hour police station is Fremantle which is at least 45 minutes away from Baldivis.

Mr Papalia said Baldivis has a rapidly growing population; it is currently the third fastest growing region in the state, with 17% growth in the last year.

“There are also factors unique to Baldivis which make it prone to theft – its location means thieves are only minutes from either getting onto the freeway, or escaping along country back roads,” Mr Papalia added.

Mr Cook said it doesn’t help that there is no local police presence to respond quickly to thefts.

“A local police station would provide a physical presence in the community, to act as a deterrent, and make it convenient for local residents to report their crimes without having to go via Rockingham, Kwinana or Fremantle.”

Mr Cook and Mr Papalia said they urged the Barnett Government to listen to the local community and include funding in next year’s budget for a local police station in Baldivis.

“We will both be writing to the Minister for Police requesting a local police station as a matter of urgency,” Mr Cook said.

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