Joint effort targets crime hotspots
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.