Break-ins anger Wittenoom landholders
The last remaining holders of Wittenoom property say they are fed up with opportunistic thieves breaking into unoccupied homes in the near ghost town.
The latest Wittenoom break-in happened just a few weeks ago, on January 2.
Tom Price police acting Sergeant Renee Sheridan said police were investigating the incident.
Wittenoom resident Mario Hartman said break-ins were so frequent there was no point locking doors because it would just lead to more damage.
“People just come here and think they can do what they want,” he said.
“At this time in the year, it’s usually people from the Pilbara, and then in winter there are the tourists as well.
“We’re still here, so have a bit of respect.”
Mr Hartman said vagrants caused a lot of damage and stole a variety of items, including motorbikes and generators.
Keepsakes to remember visits to the infamous town are also high on the list, according to Mr Hartman.
“They break into homes and sheds and smash up things,” he said.
“Mementoes from Wittenoom, like street signs and flood signs, disappear all the time. Even the cemetery sign and plaques off graves have been stolen. That’s pretty disgusting stuff.”
Mr Hartman said with insurance unavailable in Wittenoom, the financial burden for these crimes on locals was heavy.
“If people want to have a look around they should just ask, you can see people live here,” he said.
Sgt Sheridan said anyone with information should contact the Tom Price police station.