Top cop urges vigilance as thefts rise
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.”