Of­fences on prop­erty rise

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The over­all num­ber of prop­erty of­fences in the Pil­bara has risen slightly in the pre­vi­ous year, though rates of some of­fences are down, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice.

WA Po­lice sta­tis­tics for the 20152016 fi­nan­cial year, re­leased last month, show over­all of­fences against prop­erty in the Pil­bara dis­trict have risen from 4247 in the 2014-15 pe­riod to 4326 this year.

That cat­e­gory cov­ers bur­glar­ies, thefts, mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts, ar­son and prop­erty dam­age, with fig­ures for those spe­cific of­fences mixed.

Pil­bara Dis­trict act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Neville Dock­ery said the crime rate of cer­tain prop­erty of­fence cat­e­gories, cal­cu­lated as the num­ber of ver­i­fi­ied of­fences per 100,000 peo­ple, had re­duced in the pre­vi­ous year, with bur­glary down 37 per cent, mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft re­duced by 24 per cent and gen­eral theft down by 24 per cent.

The Pil­bara recorded 1830 cases of theft in 2015-16 in com­par­i­son to 1744 the pre­vi­ous year, though that fig­ure was lower than in a num­ber of other re­gional ar­eas of WA, in­clud­ing the Kimberley.

Supt Dock­ery said many cases of theft in the Pil­bara were pre­ventable, mean­ing peo­ple could re­duce their risk of be­com­ing vic­tims by fol­low­ing good crime pre­ven­tion strate­gies.

“Thefts did in­crease over­all last year, how­ever... most thefts were op­por­tunis­tic of­fences and un­for­tu­nately com­mit­ted by ju­ve­niles,” he said.

“The main com­modi­ties (taken) seem to in­clude the theft of al­co­hol (from rear pa­tios), bi­cy­cles, tools, fish­ing tackle (from drive­ways) and the like. These of­fences are eas­ily pre­vented by se­curely stor­ing prop­erty away, lock­ing your house, car and shed.”

Act­ing Supt Dock­ery said po­lice were aware theft was a com­plex mat­ter in the Pil­bara with many fac­tors con­tribut­ing to the fig­ures.

The WA Po­lice sta­tis­tics also show the num­ber of recorded bur­glar­ies, in both res­i­den­tial and other types of prop­er­ties, have slightly in­creased, as has prop­erty dam­age.

Act­ing Supt Dock­ery said bur­glary re­sults dif­fered sig­nif­i­cantly across dif­fer­ent towns.

He said re­duc­tions in mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts, ar­son, and graf­fiti in the dis­trict had been in­flu­enced by the Op­er­a­tion Dou­bleshot ini­tia­tive and the in­tro­duc­tion of youth crime in­ter­ven­tion of­fi­cers to the Pil­bara Dis­trict this year.

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