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Old Jun 28th 2005, 7:08 am
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I am living in Melbourne but looking into moving to Perth in the next 18 months. I was disturbed to see an article on the news last night (not sure which channel it was on). That claimed that more than 85 percent of people living in Perth felt unsafe and they had put police officers on the trains to provide security. :scared:

Having visited Perth 4 years ago I felt quite safe then.

Does anyone have an opinion on the safety/ crime? I have children that will be eventually going into the city alone. Is this just ' certain' areas of Perth? If so which should we avoid.

I know that it is wise to be cautious wherever. Is it more so in Perth??

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Old Jun 28th 2005, 7:18 am
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I take the train into the city whenever i need to go and feel quite safe, never give it a second thought, but that is only one line from Clarkson to the City. Even at night i've never come across any problems. Maybe someone who uses the other lines can advise you about those.

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I regularly take the train into the city as well, and until recently took it daily home from work. My 14yo daughter often goes to the city with her friends too.
Aside from the occasional drunk (or wierdo) at city station which is quickly nipped in the bud by security, I've only had one occasion that made me a little uneasy.

Apparently in the next car (not mine thank goodness) there was a disgruntled gentleman yelling and screaming. Someone said they believed he had a knife up his sleeve so the train made an unscheduled stop to allow security to escort him off.

I still can't say I've ever felt "unsafe" on the trains.

There are wierdos all over the world. You may run into one occasionaly but not necessarily on the train!

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Default Re: Feel unsafe on Perth's Trains?

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Aside from the occasional drunk (or wierdo) at city station which is quickly nipped in the bud by security,


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That Scossie gets around Siren.
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That Scossie gets around Siren.

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Default Re: Feel unsafe on Perth's Trains?

I use the train almost every day travelling to and from work, often travelling late on a Frday night due to the city's late night shopping. Apart from the fact that they only ever put 2 carriages on the Clarkson line and I have to bloody stand all the way home from work, I always feel very safe on the train.
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Old Jun 28th 2005, 2:20 pm
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During the day is fine. But when I'm on the train(not very often at all), it's often quite late at night(coming back from a festival or night out), and I don't feel that safe(oh, and someone threw up once, ewwwwww). A part of it is that 'apparently' there is a need for video security and guards everywhere. Everywhere there's talk about 'all stations have video security', there's going to be more guards(and now police), there's locked and secure parking at a lot of the stations, etc.
And of course there's been a few attacks at trainstations lately.

Secondly is the train station itself(Glendalough) and the walk home in the dark.(in Holland I would bike home by myself at 12 at night no problem, wouldn't here).

Btw, most people on here will say they feel save, because they hardly only use the northern(to Clarkson) and western line(to Freo).
I am sure they'd feel less safe on the lines going to Midland and Armadale.

Pascal felt quite uneasy on a train ride from Maddington(where I work), back into the city, and that was during the day.


Anyway, generally speaking, I'm sure you'll have more chance to have a car accident than to experience violence on the trains.
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Default Re: Feel unsafe on Perth's Trains?

Originally Posted by Simone
Anyway, generally speaking, I'm sure you'll have more chance to have a car accident than to experience violence on the trains.
Good point. I know you can prove anything with statistics, but at least three families on the forum (all in Aus) have had their cars written off in crashes in the last month.
Has anyone on here experienced violence on the Aus trains in that time?
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If anyone's got the West Australian today there is an article about replacing Transit Guards with Police officers on the trains. I think you'll find that more problems occur at the Stations than on the train. Having said that all of the stations that I work out of have on-site Security.
The Buses are a different kettle of fish...... especially at night and depending on the area of course.
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Thanks for that,

It's pretty much what I was hoping. Wherever you are you get the occasional weirdo. I didn't want to move with my family from a place we all feel secure if it was going to be a regular occurrence. As it's the Northern Sub's I'm looking at moving to everyone seems to feel happy there.

I'm sure I will have a few more questions on Perth as it gets closer to us moving there.

Hoping to visit again around October time but taking off my "tourist" glasses and really looking into the suburbs and schools.

Thanks again,

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Our line is a bit dodgy along it's middle segment. Funny I get on along with the respected commuters and hobby farmers, within 5 stops its all the weirdos and rif-raf, then once you get to the inner city all the good sorts start getting on again

Reminds me of London - my line was great - loads of display of affluence all over the line (quite scary actually - house prices were silly) , I'd get off at Waterloo, cross to another - Waterloo East and the line onwards to SE London was like being in another world. I daren't speak to anyone in case it came out "I say, old man, frightfully sorry to speak but one doesn't know if this is one's station. Do you want my wallet and watch?".

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