Security patrols

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Security Patrols on hold

The City of Swan has in the past coordinated 24-hour community patrols within Ellenbrook and The Vines.

Following the results of a community survey, the City will cease its 24-hour community security patrols in Ellenbrook and The Vines for one year and will not implement a Community Security Patrol in Aveley.

At the Ordinary Council Meeting on March 14, 2018 Council voted to cease the security patrol service from June 30, 2018, for a trial period of one year, and in 2019 seek feedback from the community on whether they would like the service to return.

The City will continue to work with the WA Police and local community groups over the 12 months. The community will then have another chance to share their preference for the service after this period. A survey will be undertaken between July and September 2019.

Find out more in our frequently asked questions about Security Patrols page.

History of Security Patrols

The patrols were originally established at the request of residents in Ellenbrook and The Vines and were funded by property developers and affected property owners through a charge levied with property rates.

The developer contribution period has come to an end, so a change in payment would have occurred and any continuing security patrols would have been funded solely through property rates.

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, 112KB)

Past statistics

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