Property crime targeted
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.
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.