Prop­erty crime down: po­lice

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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