Avon Valley Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

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.


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.

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