Goode Beach tops list as safest place to live

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

The envious statistic of being crime free lies with only one Albany suburb.

WA Police crime statistics for 2016, analysed by the Albany Advertiser reveal the safest suburbs and the ones that continue to be the focus of police efforts to curb crime.

But the trend of being immune from crime continues to be set by exclusive suburb Goode Beach.

The leafy coastal suburb recorded no burglaries or assaults throughout 2016, following on from only one burglary in the year previous to remain Albany’s best-performing suburb.

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Fourteen of the 21 suburbs analy-sed experienced a drop in burglaries with a total reduction of 25 per cent across the suburbs in 2016, equating to 78 fewer break-ins.

However, Spencer Park, which was identified as the crime hotspot through statistical analysis in 2015, has a 32 per cent increase in its burglary rate in 2016, recording 57 burglaries to be the worst suburb for break-ins.

Centennial Park, which features mainly commercial premises, recorded 29 burglaries, up from 13 the in 2015 to be the second-worst.

After being identified as the second-worst for burglaries in 2015, Bayonet Head experienced a 76 per cent drop from 39 to nine in the space of 12 months to be the stand-out in burglary reduction.

Other suburbs which recorded positive results included Emu Point, Little Grove and Warrenup.

Warrenup, north of Albany, only recorded one burglary and no assaults in the 12 months, following on from two assaults in 2015

Assaults in Yakamia more than doubled to 44, up from 14 in 2015, to sit underneath central Albany as the worst suburbs for assaults followed by Orana (38), Centennial Park (27) and Orana (22).

Albany police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Grant Pollard said Goode Beach’s immunity to crime might be attributed to a strong neighbourhood presence.

“For any location for have no crime reportedis a rarity in itself, usually there is a random offence here or there in all locations,” he said.

“I think mainly it’s the fact it is slightly isolated and the residents of Goode Beach keep a very good neighbourhood watch on each other and they are very quick to report anything suspicious or out of the norm.”

Sen. Sgt Pollard said drug detection techniques and operations had also played a vital role in curbing crime activities.

“A reduction in the overall crime can also be contributed to our ongoing operations in relation to drug detection and apprehension,” he said.

“We are taking a hard stance on drug use and that is showing in the number of dugs we are taking off the road.”

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