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Changes to Ellenbrook security patrols

SECURITY patrols in Ellenbrook and The Vines will stop for one year and not start in Aveley after a decision by City of Swan councillors.

On March 14 councillors voted to cease the Ellenbrook and The Vines community security patrol service from June 30 for a 12-month trial.

They also agreed to in 2019 seek feedback from the community about whether they wanted the service to return.

City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said the council reviewed the results of a postal survey carried out in December before making a decision.

“The city conducted an extensive survey to gauge the support of more than 15,000 residents to assess whether the community thought the service was still beneficial and wanted it to continue or be extended to Aveley,’’ he said.

“The survey asked residents whether they were prepared to financially contribute to a community security patrol service and the amount they would be willing to pay.

“While the results from Ellenbrook and The Vines were mixed there was an overall decline in the level of community support for the community service patrols since the last survey took place in 2016.

“As all developer contributions toward this service are ceasing in the 2018-2019 financial year any future service would have been solely funded by ratepayers and the potential increased cost of the service may have contributed to the decline in support.”

Cr Lucas said between July and September next year the city would undertake another survey to give residents another chance to share their preference for the service.

Pearce ward councillor Patty Jones said that while the community security patrols were on pause the city would continue to support crime prevention initiatives in other ways.

“Our priority is ensuring our residents feel safe and secure in their homes and community,’’ she said.

“The council will continue to work in partnership with WA Police and local community groups to prevent local crime issues, monitor trends and carry on with other community safety initiatives in the area.’’

For more information about the City of Swan’s crime prevention initiatives visit www.swan.wa.gov.au or call 9267 9267.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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