ADJOURNMENT – Crime: Clayton electorate – Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Posted on 13. May, 2010 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. I ask him to take action to address the safety concerns of my community in the electorate of Clayton. Criminal activity and antisocial behaviour in the Clayton shopping centre are an issue of great concern to local traders and the wider public.

The Clayton shopping centre is a vibrant, diverse suburban location which is busy throughout the day, with residents buying their daily requirements, travelling to and from employment, attending university and local schools and visiting family and friends. The Clayton Road shopping centre is a major stop on our bus network, and Clayton railway station is part of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Students from Monash University are particularly active in the evenings, attending the many cafes and restaurants and shopping at the many ethnic supermarkets and the major supermarket chains. Recently there was a tragic death near Clayton railway station, close to the shopping centre. There have also been some incidents of teenagers roaming the area at night disrupting people going about their business and incidents of graffiti throughout the shopping strip.

I acknowledge that there has been a stronger police presence patrolling in the Clayton shopping centre for some time now and that operational issues are a matter for the police, but I believe the minister should seek to relocate the Clayton police station into the shopping centre strip, maintain a 24‑hour police presence and work with the local council, the City of Monash, to install closed‑circuit television cameras to assist with crime prevention. With the nearly 2000 new police officers coming on‑stream, I believe this is possible. I therefore entreat the minister to take action to ensure that the concerns of the public and the Clayton business community are addressed accordingly.

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