Top cop urges vig­i­lance as thefts rise

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

Kar­ratha’s top cop thinks the com­mu­nity needs to buy in to help pre­vent crime, with a 9 per cent in­crease in steal­ing of­fences in the 2015-16 financial year so far.

Se­nior Sergeant Ge­off Cramp said there had been about 200 steal­ing of­fences from July-Oc­to­ber in Kar­ratha, an in­crease on the same pe­riod in 2014-15.

Ac­cord­ing to ver­i­fied crime statis­tics for the Pil­bara, theft went up from 367 in­stances from July-Septem­ber last financial year to 437 in 2015-16.

There have been 70 mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts in the re­gion so far this year.

Sen. Sgt Cramp said some of the in­ci­dents were brazen, such as thefts of al­co­hol from the shop­ping cen­tre, while most cases were op­por­tunis­tic, like tools and prop­erty be­ing stolen from the trays of work ve­hi­cles or out of un­locked cars.

“Peo­ple need to be vig­i­lant and aware of their sur­round­ings and other peo­ple in the vicin­ity,” he said.

“If it looks out of place, let po­lice know to pre­vent crimes from oc­cur­ring.

“We need the com­mu­nity to help us be proac­tive rather than re­ac­tive.”

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