REMINDER TO LOCK-UP
PEOPLE need to lock their homes, sheds and cars or risk letting in more than fresh air following a spate of burglaries in the Hills, says Mundaring Senior Sergeant John Browne. Thieves have grabbed more than $15,000 of valuables in recent weeks despite continuing police efforts alerting the public to secure their property through social media and ewatch, the email-based police information service. Police recently attended break-ins in Glen Forrest, Mundaring, Parkerville and Mahogany Creek. Snr Sgt Browne said he was concerned to learn sheds and laundry doors were unlocked. “About $10,000 of camera equipment was stolen during the day from a home in Mt Helena while the owner was in the back yard,” Snr Sgt Browne said. “I urge people to take basic security steps and always lock doors during the day and at night.” Living in the Hills on a large block with a long driveway is no deterrent to thieves, said Snr Sgt Brown. “I think some people do have a false sense of security about living in a rural area, but the reality is thieves are opportunists and people need to secure their homes and their property at all times.” Mundaring officers are participating in Operation Captivate, the metro-wide police campaign encouraging vehicle owners not to leave valuables in cars. Police are patrolling break-in hot spots at car parks in shopping centres and tourism destinations including Lake Leschenaultia and off-road areas along Mundaring Weir Road. - Snr Sgt John Browne
FORRESTFIELD police seized a vehicle and charged the owner and his passenger on the Zig Zag Scenic Route in Gooseberry Hill late on the evening of February 5.
Senior Sergeant Wally Brierley said the 27year-old male owner from Greenmount was advised not to drive the unregistered car.
A few minutes later, officers pulled the car over when they allegedly saw the owner's passenger driving the vehicle.
Police later charged the owner with permitting someone to drive an unlicensed car and the passenger with driving without a driver's licence. The vehicle was impounded for 28 days.
2 SWAN VIEW
DURING the past weeks, several instances of stealing have occurred in Swan View and police are seeking assistance from the public to help solve the offences. The below images are of people who police believe may have information which can assist them regarding these thefts. Anyone with any details is requested to contact Midland Police Station on 9250 0333 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.