NORTH Fremantle residents say they have experienced a mini crime wave over the last few weeks.
In an email sent out to residents, Mr Gerard MacGill, convenor of the North Freo Community Association, listed a slew of crimes that had been committed, including an a $8000 interactive whiteboard stolen from North Fremantle primary school over the WA Day weekend, a motorbike stolen from Pamment Street, a break-in on Thompson Road and a car brake-in on the corner of Rule and Alfred Street.
One resident even reported a sneaky scam: “The other one we’ve had is a 50-60 year old, poor-looking woman knocking on the door at 11pm claiming to be a domestic violence victim.
“She’s just casing the place to see if you have to unlock the front door to open it.
“We caught the same woman the next day walking down our street with some stuff from the front veranda.”
Fremantle councillor Doug Thompson said the majority of incidents were anti-social behaviour or petty crime.
“A number of incidents that have happened in the last two weeks concerned myself enough that we have circulated a note of what’s been happening and advising residents if they have any issues to contact the police,” he says.
“Some of the incidents that are occurring are indicating local knowledge of the area, perhaps some local involvement.”
A number of North Freo residents told the Chook they thought the crimes were being committed by people living in nearby Homeswest properties.
Cr Thompson says Fremantle council is trying to set up a meeting with police to discuss the mini spree, and is seeking funding from the state government to purchase mobile security cameras.
“These will be used when we have any issues in crime hotspots,” he says.
by ANNA HAY