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Public safety enhanced during summer at Scarborough Beach

21 November 2023

The City of Stirling and WA Police Force are again reminding residents and visitors that a range of community safety and policing activities will be implemented at Scarborough Beach over the summer period to ensure it remains a destination for everyone to enjoy.

Increasingly, large numbers of people are expected at Scarborough Beach to swim and surf, experience the sunset markets and other events, enjoy the amphitheatre and public spaces, and to attend the many entertainment venues within the precinct. Increased City and WA Police resourcing is necessary to keep the community safe with a specific focus on maintaining a family friendly environment where antisocial and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.

This includes a strong WA Police Force, Ranger and Community Patrol presence particularly during peak periods and weekends. This is directly supported by the City’s extensive CCTV network – including fixed and mobile CCTV. Through live monitoring of the network on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays WA Police Force are provided with real-time information and footage to enable a swift response to incidents.

In the water, the City’s professional beach lifeguard service - in collaboration with volunteer Surf Life Saving services - works to keep people from getting into difficulties in the surf and provide first aid to beachgoers requiring assistance. Over the last 12 months, the City’s Beach Services performed a total of 186 rescues, undertook 21,165 preventative actions, and treated 275 first aid cases.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the City’s priority was to ensure Scarborough remained a family-friendly entertainment district for everyone to enjoy.

“The City has a strong relationship with WA Police Force and we work collaboratively to combat antisocial and criminal behaviour in Scarborough throughout the year – with a particular emphasis during the busy summer period,” he said.

“The community should feel comfortable that they can come and enjoy our beautiful coastline and the Scarborough Beach entertainment precinct. Together with the WA Police Force, we are sending a strong message that disruptive behaviour is not welcome or tolerated.”

“The reality is while there continues to be several incidents that make the headlines, through our CCTV network and the efforts of WA Police, more often than not these people are observed and arrested.”

Senior Sergeant Haydn Farrow, Office In Charge at Scarborough Police Station, said his officers will be continuing with high visibility patrols and additional resources have been allocated for the weekends to cater for rising visitor numbers over the summer period.

“The Scarborough Beach precinct is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day and the community can expect to see our officers out and about,” he said.

“We’ll be on hand to make sure the community can enjoy a fun day at the beach and feel safe in a family-friendly environment.

“Officers will take a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour and we make no apologies for that.

“Our message to anyone coming to the Scarborough Beach precinct this summer is simple; have fun, stay safe and respect those around you.”

For anti-social behaviour issues, we encourage the community to contact the City’s 24/7 Community Safety Team on 1300 365 356. For non-urgent police matters, contact WA Police Force on 131 444 and for emergencies or life-threatening situations, the community should always contact 000.

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