Drop in car break-ins

FREO NO MORE IN TOP THREE

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

FRE­MAN­TLE is no longer one of the top three sub­urbs for the high­est rates of steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

This fol­lows the end of Op­er­a­tion Suris, which was con­ducted be­tween March and May and tar­geted that crime.

Fre­man­tle Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer in charge Se­nior Sergeant Brad War­bur­ton said this type of crime had al­ways been a chal­lenge.

“The crime pre­dom­i­nantly oc­curs on cars left alone for sev­eral hours dur­ing dark­ness where of­fend­ers eas­ily prey on that vul­ner­a­bil­ity,” he said.

“This crime oc­curs in less than 60 sec­onds so the po­lice, se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, the pub­lic and even CCTV all can’t be in the right place at the right time.”

Sgt War­bur­ton said the op­er­a­tion was a suc­cess with ver­i­fied of­fences lower over the term of the op­er­a­tion com­pared to 2017.

“There had been a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease com­pared to the same time last year,” he said.

“Fre­man­tle Sub­dis­trict has tra­di­tion­ally been a high de­mand area for this crime type due to it hav­ing a large ac­tive CBD, high tourism and so­cial life­style.”

Fre­man­tle Po­lice charged sev­eral peo­ple for car break ins from North Fre­man­tle, Bea­cons­field, White Gum Val­ley and across the CBD.

Sgt War­bur­ton said mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors for these of­fences ap­peared to be steal­ing wal­lets and hand­bags for credit cards.

“Of­fend­ers use the (tap and-go) un­der $100 to pur­chase many goods,” he said.

“Dur­ing the term of the op­er­a­tion, anal­y­sis was done on map­ping those fraud­u­lent

credit card trans­ac­tions by the dis­tricts’ in­tel­li­gence unit.

“What we iden­ti­fied was sev­eral com­mon hotspots where of­fend­ers would use the credit cards fol­low­ing the crime that pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for po­lice to tar­get.”

He said com­mu­nity aware­ness was key to fight­ing crime.

Pre­vi­ously of­fi­cers from Fre­man­tle, Palmyra, Mur­doch and Cock­burn po­lice took part in the op­er­a­tion over three months late last year.

Dur­ing that op­er­a­tion po­lice ap­pre­hended more than 20 peo­ple al­leged to have been in­volved in or con­nected to in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­volv­ing this type of crime.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483470

Snr Con­sta­ble James Wil­son (Fre­man­tle Lo­cal Polic­ing Of­fice) and Snr Con­sta­ble Belinda Craf­ford.

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