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Forum to hear safety fears

Maree Davenport with shop owner Leon Cheng.

Maree Davenport with shop owner Leon Cheng.

Numerous incidents at Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre has prompted a Monash pollie to act

HIGH crime rates at a Mulgrave shopping centre have prompted a community crime forum to be held.

The event comes after Monash Leader highlighted at least 17 incidents at Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre in the past four years, including two armed holdups within five weeks.

Liberal Mulgrave candidate Maree Davenport said having lived in the area all her life, the crime-wave was “very unusual”.

“The last four years crime has gone through the roof, particularly in that area,” she said.

“I am struggling to understand why and what’s really changed.

“There just seems to be a fundamental lack of respect.”

Mrs Davenport is also pushing for Waverley Gardens to be one of the shopping centres with a visible police presence should the Liberal Party win the state election.

The Glen and Chadstone were named as two of 12 major shopping centres in Victoria named as part of a $7.2 million safety promise.

The police shopfront would be staffed by officers.

“There is a massive police station opposite Knox and two police stations near The Glen — look at what’s going on at Waverley Gardens,” Mrs Davenport said.

The forum will be on Monday, May 14, Mulgrave Community Centre from 6-9pm.

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