Prop­erty crime tar­geted

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera ■

Kar­ratha po­lice will be crack­ing down on prop­erty crime and do­mes­tic as­sault of­fend­ers in the City of Kar­ratha and sur­round­ing ar­eas un­der a new four-month op­er­a­tion.

Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble Shot will see a spe­cial­ist task­force of 10 vol­ume crime of­fi­cers, foren­sic spe­cial­ists and traf­fic po­lice at the sta­tion team up to com­bat so-called vol­ume crime of­fences, in­clud­ing bur­glary, steal­ing and graf­fiti dam­age.

Pil­bara District po­lice will si­mul­ta­ne­ously mon­i­tor do­mes­tic as­saults af­ter re­cent fig­ures showed they are in­creas­ing.

Kar­ratha po­lice op­er­a­tion su­per­vi­sor Sergeant Kim Briggs said it was part of a Statewide po­lice ini­tia­tive to re­duce vol­ume crime sta­tis­tics, though Pil­bara fig­ures were quite steady and “on par” with most ar­eas. He does, how­ever, hope to see a five per cent re­duc­tion by June, when the op- er­a­tion fin­ishes. “We’re look­ing for peo­ple to re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour — to not just use Face­book, but ac­tu­ally ring up the sta­tion,” he said.

“At the mo­ment I would haz­ard (a guess) to say that only 10 per cent of vol­ume crime gets re­ported. We want to know what’s go­ing on, who’s do­ing what. We might have a se­ries of 10 or 15 bur­glar­ies, and ev­ery lit­tle piece of in­for­ma­tion from each one adds up to a big pic­ture of who’s ac­tu­ally re­spon­si­ble.”

Sgt Briggs said the task­force would es­pe­cially fo­cus on youth of­fend­ers and tar­get­ing crimes as they hap­pened.

“It’s very in­tel-fo­cused,” he said. “If we get a spate of of­fences in a sub­urb, we’ll put all our re­sources in there. So we want peo­ple to re­port things as soon as they can.

“If you ring up then and there, we can put a car there in three min­utes. So (of­fend­ers) had bet­ter be learn­ing to run quickly in the next four months.”

Op­er­a­tion Dou­ble Shot of­fi­cially be­gan yes­ter­day and runs un­til June 30.

If you have some­thing to re­port, you can call Kar­ratha po­lice on 131 444 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer Sergeant Kim Briggs is head­ing up a task force to tackle prop­erty crimes and do­mes­tic as­saults in town over the next four months.

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