Joint ef­fort tar­gets crime hotspots

Cockburn Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH - Bryce Luff

ABOUT 700 pam­phlets will be dis­trib­uted to let­ter­boxes in Hamil­ton Hill, South Lake, Cool­bellup and Spear­wood af­ter a spike in bur­glar­ies and thefts from mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice from four south metropoli­tan sta­tions united in Oc­to­ber to be­gin Op­er­a­tion Suris, a three-month fo­cus on re­duc­ing the num­ber of valu­ables be­ing stolen from cars.

Mur­doch po­lice have since ex­panded their fo­cus to in­clude home bur­glar­ies af­ter a spike in the crime.

The cities of Melville, Fre­man­tle and Cock­burn are also on board, of­fer­ing com­mu­nity safety pa­trols and en­gage­ment.

South Metropoli­tan com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Paul Trim­ble said theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cles and home bur­glar­ies were two pri­or­i­ties for po­lice, with most res­i­den­tial night-time bur­glar­ies a re­sult of un­locked doors and win­dows.

A re­cent spike in the op­por­tunis­tic crime prompted the let­ter drops.

“Thieves will go door-to-door at night look­ing for un­locked doors and win­dows so they don’t wake up the home owner,” Sergeant Trim­ble said. “They will check houses in the street un­til they find one un­locked.”

Cock­burn’s Neigh­bour­hood Watch chair Steve Portelli, who is also a Cock­burn coun­cil­lor, had one sim­ple mes­sage:

“Don’t make it eas­ier by leav­ing valu­ables in your car or leav­ing your ve­hi­cle un­locked.”

CoSafe CCTV sur­veil­lance and sup­port of­fi­cer Gur­deep Singh said Cock­burn res­i­dents could also take ad­van­tage of its 24-hour se­cu­rity ser­vice.

CoSafe CCTV sur­veil­lance and sup­port of­fi­cer Gur­deep Singh and Neigh­bour­hood Watch chair Steve Portelli in Hamil­ton Hill.

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