Police to clampdown on CBD crime

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Police response to continued violence around Stirling Terrace will begin this weekend after ongoing safety concerns in the Albany CBD in recent months.

Public safety concerns were raised at two community crime forums this week, with police set to increase their presence in the entertainment precinct over the coming weeks heading into the festive period. Police say groups of youths have been targeting patrons from the terrace’s pubs and bars as they walk along Stirling Terrace towards York Street.

A group of tourists were left hospitalised from an assault last month in the vicinity of Stirling Terrace, while other serious assaults have been reported since July.

Albany police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Grant Pollard said police were set to clamp down on the area, starting this weekend.

“The main area of concern was the CBD area after dark with the groups of roaming youths,” he said.

“Even though we were aware, we weren’t aware with the impact it is having on the community’s perception of safety.

“That is our No.1 priority heading into the festive period.

“We will be going back to basic policing principles of foot patrols, increased presence and a zero-tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour.” Sen Sgt Pollard said he was disappointed with the attendance at two forums at the City of Albany civic rooms on Monday, with fewer than 15 residents attending the night-time forum.

“For a city of this size, I was disappointed with the number that turned up,” he said.

“I was disappointed in the low turnout, but having said that, those who did attend had some good ideas and showed genuine concern to issues facing the city.”

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