Property crime down: police
A Pilbara District police operation earlier this year has recorded an overall reduction in property offences but shown domestic violence reports are continuing to rise.
Pilbara police ran Operation Double Shot, a WA Police campaign to reduce so-called volume crime offences such as burglary, theft and property damage, as well as domestic violence, across the region between February and June 30 this year.
Pilbara District Inspector Neville Dockery said strategies used as part of the operation had contributed to an overall downward trend in property crime. Targeted local police work reduced numbers of thefts and burglaries during the operation.
The downwards trend has continued since then, with police last month registering a 20 per cent reduction in both offence types compared to 2015.
Stolen motor vehicle offences also declined 17 per cent compared with last year, bucking the State trend.
However, overall, the number of offences covered by the operation increased by 2 per cent on June 2015 figures given the continuing increase in domestic violence reports.
Insp. Dockery said an increase in domestic violence cases could be seen as an indication of greater community trust in police to intervene.