Police enjoy relatively quiet holidays
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.