Po­lice act on ‘fast crime’

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

THEFT from ve­hi­cles is one of the big­gest crime prob­lems fac­ing Fre­man­tle, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice.

Fre­man­tle Se­nior Sergeant Brad War­bur­ton said the Fre­man­tle area was sta­tis­ti­cally the fourth high­est in the state for the num­ber of thefts from mo­tor ve­hi­cles recorded last year.

“Fre­man­tle is cur­rently the high­est re­ported area for this crime type in the north­ern sec­tor of the South Metro District for 2017,” he said.

Fac­tors in­clude the Fre­man­tle area en­cap­su­lat­ing the beach car parks, park­lands and a high vol­ume of vis­i­tors.

“Gen­er­ally, cars parked out­side res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties (are most tar­geted); how­ever of note are street park­ing as they don’t have pri­vate car ports or garages,” Sgt War­bur­ton said.

Fre­man­tle Po­lice are part of the south met­ro­pol­i­tan area’s Op­er­a­tion Suris, a three-month call to ac­tion aimed at in­creas­ing the com­mu­nity’s knowl­edge on how to avoid be­com­ing a vic­tim.

Sgt War­bur­ton said the over­all goal was to re­duce the in­stances of this par­tic­u­lar crime hap­pen­ing.

“It is a fast crime that is usu­ally com­pleted in less than 60 sec­onds,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d475065

Snr Sgt Brad War­bur­ton with Com­mu­nity Safety Of­fi­cers Hannah Bick­ford and Lisa Hil­liard and Snr Con­sta­ble Mark Matthews dis­play­ing ac­tion stick­ers to be placed at ticket park­ing ma­chines.

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