Cops say crime un­re­ported

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Therese Colman

Po­lice are “fed up” with crimes in Margaret River con­tin­u­ally be­ing re­ported on so­cial me­dia and not to au­thor­i­ties.

Sev­eral car break-ins have been re­ported on Face­book com­mu­nity groups dur­ing the past three weeks, but of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Brett Cas­sidy said he was only aware of “a few of them”.

“If peo­ple aren’t re­port­ing crime to us, then there’s noth­ing we can do,” he said. “I don’t sit there read­ing through Face­book — I get my in­for­ma­tion from peo­ple mak­ing con­tact with us.

“If you’re us­ing so­cial me­dia as a plat­form for re­port­ing crimes, then don’t ex­pect to get any­where.”

Sgt Cas­sidy said all re­ports were taken se­ri­ously and helped po­lice know which ar­eas of the town to target. “We will still pa­trol cer­tain ar­eas at night and on the week­end, but if we aren’t be­ing made aware of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, re­gard­less of how se­vere the crime is, then we sim­ply can­not do any­thing.”

Sgt Cas­sidy added most of the break-ins were cars left un­locked.

“If your car is locked, and some- one breaks in by smash­ing a win­dow, we have more of a chance of find­ing the of­fender be­cause there is foren­sic ev­i­dence,” he said.

“If your car is locked, it de­ters of­fend­ers, but if it’s opened, it’s an easy target.”

Sgt Cas­sidy en­cour­aged res­i­dents to in­stall CCTV cam­eras on their prop­erty to de­ter crim­i­nals.

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