Surveillance and security patrol

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The City of Swan coordinates 24-hour community patrols within Ellenbrook and The Vines.

The objectives of these community patrols are to:

  • provide a visible presence in the community
  • proactively report vandalism and damage
  • provide extra "eyes and ears" to assist police
  • increase the feeling of safety and security for residents, by reporting incidents of anti-social or suspicious behaviour
  • communicate with the police and the City on possible options to improve community safety.

These patrols were established at the request of residents in each of the areas and are funded by property developers and affected property owners through a charge levied with property rates.

The contract and service is now up for review. As the developer contribution has now come to an end, the patrols would have to be funded solely through property rates if they were to continue.

To gauge community support for the continuation of the patrols and the possible expansion of the service into Aveley, the City conducted an extensive postal survey of more than 15,500 affected residents and ratepayers.

The survey showed that close to 65% of respondents from the Vines wanted the service to continue, while just over 50% of Ellenbrook respondents wanted it to continue in their area. However, more than 70% of those surveyed in Aveley said they did not believe the service was needed.

View detailed findings in the security and surveillance survey results.(PDF, 108KB)

A decision on the future of the patrols will be made by Council at the City’s next Ordinary Council Meeting on March 14, 2018. Residents and ratepayers who did not fill out a survey are encouraged to contact their local Councillors to let them know their view or register to make a deputation at the City’s next Agenda Forum on March 7, 2018.

Read the statistics on patrols, incidents, kilometres travelled by the patrol vehicles and response times in our Security Patrol Reports:

To contact the Ellenbrook and The Vines Community Security Patrol, please call 9278 9696.