Fremantle’s Broken Window’s

A few days ago I posted a blog titled Broken Windows Theory, does it fit Fremantle, this raise the association of allowing petty crime to go unpunished/unchecked to attract or encourage much more serious crime. Have a read it has lots of detail and links.

So today we see the Herald with an article of the growing Ice problem, ICE CONCERN GRIPS VALLEY ,  in the eastern side of WGV.

“In response to criticism that overgrown verges, scruffy council-owned sumps and sloppy maintenance in the parks are contributing to the problem, Cr Coggin says he’ll ask council managers to do better.”

These issues have brought to councils attention for years now, I have written about them on this blog, left comments on Roels freoview, called the council and made comments, spoken to councillors about these issues, been discussed at Precinct meetings. Its these issues that allow the environment or ambience to led people who are involved in these illegal businesses to think they can do these activities and no one will notice or care. Now to drive these illegal trades, dealers and users out will take  months if not years, hundreds of man hours from the police and lots of stress and concerns from the local residences.

Council is far to distract with all their world issues, party political agendas pet projects, and spend far to little time dealing with the basics of of our cities, I know verges will not get you on TV or your picture and story in the West Australian, but it would represent the concerns of the residents they should be representing.

Issues like Neighborhood Watch again not a flash sound bite for talk back radio, and would requre lots of effort but would better tend to locals concerns more than solar or wind farms . Herald quote “There was a strong desire from the residents to work together to combat the problem, and a suggestion from local precinct co-convenor Mark Woodcock to resurrect Neighbourhood Watch and the Safe Houses program received a round of applause.”

Council is about “Local not Global”. Instead they need to wait till residents are screaming for the issues to be dealt with before the basics are addressed.

Sadly the city is too distract by the mayors, big issues like electric cars, one planet and irrelevant nonsense, with no focus on the basics, children should not to find used needles in their parks. One resident raised a good point about the needle exchange in Fremantle if it enforces the policy of bringing back one to get a clean one? I guess drug addicts aren’t the most responsible of people for public health and safety

Children shouldn’t have to find drug baggies on the walk to school. Not to mention the long grass on verges is a great place for snakes to hide, with the Kim Beazley site in dug up state how many snakes have been driven out into the suburbs.

Its time for council to focus on the basics, over the months I’ve made many comments or blog on the lack of councils focus to the basics. Its disgraceful that these issues have to reach such a low point to get basic action from our so called elected representatives.

Just recently I wrote a post on called ” Fremantles Dangerous Street Sumps” look at the picture, drive past the sump all that was done is a new piece of plastic netting was replaced. Allowing as the police stated for drug dealers to stash drug, use as a place to hide etc. Again giving this anti-social group, criminals added space to operate their sick destructive business.

Soon another poor decision one widely argued against by residences of our city will kick off the J-Shed this will become another anti-social issue for city not to mention the plethora of other issues it will cause. This one the council was not just asleep at the wheel for they intentional drove it off the cliff. If WGV has its problem in a quite suburb with ICE imagine a venue like this what it will attract? Another council created problem to be solved in the future.

The question will be at what cost?

Fremantle Graffiti, Crime or Art


The title above is a question only for Fremantle, it seems quite clear everywhere else.

Picture above shows Fremantle’s Heritage D.O.D. Married quarters, this is an ongoing  crime with constant graffiti.

Oxford dictionary describes  graffiti as

Writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place:the station was covered in graffiti.  mid 19th century: from Italian (plural), from graffio ‘a scratch’.”

Wiki describes at as

“Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface, often in a public place.[1] Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt,Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.[2]

In modern times, paint (particularly spray paint) and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime.”


The state law of W.A.  says

Criminal Code

“In Western Australia, under the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913, graffiti vandalism (graffiti) is a criminal offence.  The 2010 doubling of penalties and legislative inclusions banning sale and supply of spray paint and certain implements to juveniles elevates the seriousness of graffiti as a criminal damage offence.

The way in which graffiti has been managed in the past has been determined mainly by responding to community concerns rather than through a more focused, intelligence led and research-based approach.

Graffiti Vandalism is illegal and police are now taking a tougher approach in targeting offenders.”


So its quite clear if you graffiti on someones property with out permission its a crime, not really anything to do with art, if someone gives permission for a, whats the term, ,,, urban artist to paint their wall or property, its allot different than someone with their face covered creeping around in the middle of the night, vandalising stuff.


So i don’t know, where the City of Fremantle can decide whats a criminal act or not i thought that’s what we had, a police department and court system for? They either had permission or not, who cares what they drew, after the fact is a little late, isn’t it.

So if crime looks good is it ok? Maybe if your balaclava is hand knitted from yaks wool by mountain monks it better than the guys B&E with a Tar-jay $1.99 stocking? I don’t think so. Can we as a community condone criminal acts because a few think its artist, is that a new catch cry  for Fremantle, “Artist Crime”?

For a community to have direction on wrong or right its better for the leaders to give the same signals, as not to add confusion on whats acceptable and whats not? Case in point.

Brad is (news article) seen standing in front of some mural in town, which if was done with permission, is not considered graffiti and in some cases look better than a plain panted wall, i wouldn’t call it graffiti, whether people like it or not its personal taste.


Look at Points St or its car park graffiti tagging is out of control, can u find a street in Fremantle that’s not tagged? Fremantle has become a magnet for taggers.

East Fremantle has another spin on it, so what happens after the amalgamation, is graffiti now art in EF? A quote from community news paper “Fremantle Police acting Senior Sergeant Adrian Roberts said he had noticed an increase in the number of graffiti cases in the past few months, with a high number of perpetrators claiming they believed it was now legal to graffiti in Fremantle.”

A  quote from the Goodbye Graffiti website run the WA Police force,

“The development of the ‘broken windows theory’ by Wilson and Kelling[3], proposed that the presence of graffiti may impact on the level of crime. They identified that a disorderly environment sends a message that no one is in charge, thus weakening community controls and inviting criminal behaviour. Graffiti that is not removed may therefore attract more graffiti[4].  Rapid removal may be seen as a means to reduce further graffiti incidences and prevent escalation into more serious crime by maintaining and restoring the community environment.”

Asian tourism is the fastest growing market in the our country, graffiti sends a message of disorder, crime, danger, lack of personnel safety, lack of respect, etc, This is not going to help tourism in general, its also one of the 1st sights our cruise ship visitors see and does not make  a positive 1st impression.

Want to Report Graffiti in your area or 1800 44 22 55


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