Po­lice en­joy rel­a­tively quiet hol­i­days

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

The Pil­bara has had a rel­a­tively quiet hol­i­day sea­son, avoid­ing Perth’s re­cent crime spike, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice.

Kar­ratha po­lice’s act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Paul Brown said though the hol­i­day pe­riod was not over yet, at this point the force’s crime sta­tis­tics had been “very good”.

Last month, Kar­ratha po­lice dealt with four mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts, 10 fewer than the same time last year.

They were kept busy by 25 re­ported bur­glar­ies, but the fig­ure was one fewer than the same pe­riod last year. Sen. Sgt Brown said the po­lice had also had some good finds when it came to drug de­tec­tion.

How­ever, he warned res­i­dents to re­main vig­i­lant through­out Jan­uary and to be aware po­lice were tar­get­ing re­peat of­fend­ers in the area and would be check­ing peo­ple roam­ing the streets late at night.

In Roe­bourne, of­fi­cer-in­charge Gemma Hen­ni­gan said the force’s pre­ven­ta­tive strat­egy had made a strong pos­i­tive im­pact over the hol­i­days.

“Christ­mas and new year went pretty well,” she said.

“We took a proac­tive ap­proach on New Year’s Eve which helped us not to have any as­sault re­ports.”

Roe­bourne had its first al­leged bur­glary of the hol­i­day pe­riod on Tues­day, Jan­uary 5, when two ju­ve­niles al­legedly broke into a Sher­lock Street house.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied two sus­pects us­ing video footage and ar­rested them.

West Pil­bara De­tec­tives act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Jim Ferrie said it was “busi­ness as usual” for his team over the hol­i­days, but there had been ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a South Hed­land mur­der and a do­mes­tic as­sault at Wick­ham’s Back Beach on Box­ing Day.

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