Thirty hol­i­day bur­glar­ies re­ported over 10 days

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha was hard-hit by bur­glar­ies over the hol­i­day pe­riod with dou­ble the usual num­ber of in­ci­dents re­ported to po­lice.

Kar­ratha po­lice act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Paul Brown said about 30 bur­glary of­fences had been re­ported in town over a 10-day pe­riod from Christ­mas into the early new year, a statis­tic that was “well above our norm”.

Po­lice last week charged four ju­ve­niles over three break-ins and rob­beries of Kar­ratha homes and busi­nesses be­tween De­cem­ber 30 and Jan­uary 3.

The al­legedly stolen items re­cov­ered in­cluded tele­vi­sion sets, lap­tops, bikes, ma­chetes and sets of bows and arrows.

The boys, aged 12-15 years, have been charged with of­fences in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated bur­glary, steal­ing and re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty.

Sen. Sgt Brown said po­lice be­lieve the sus­pects had tar­geted cer­tain ad­dresses and tested if their oc­cu­pants were away over the break by throw­ing stones on roofs or kick­ing a ball into back­yards. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. Pil­bara Dis­trict Po­lice In­spec­tor Louise Ball said residents could re­duce their chances of be­com­ing vic­tims of bur­glary or rob­bery by us­ing stronger crime pre­ven­tion prac­tices in­clud­ing lock­ing doors and ve­hi­cles, se­cur­ing valu­ables out of sight, ask­ing neigh­bours to watch their prop­erty and con­sid­er­ing in­stalling se­cu­rity light­ing, alarms or CCTV.

“Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, they work hard for the valu­ables that they’ve got, so don’t make it easy for peo­ple to take them from you,” she said.

Lo­cal po­lice sta­tions re­ported oth­er­wise gen­er­ally good be­hav­iour from residents over the Christ­mas and new year pe­riod and recorded low num­bers of as­saults and traf­fic of­fences.

Of 3180 ran­dom breath tests con­ducted by Pil­bara traf­fic po­lice, they de­tected a very low pro­por­tion of drink-driv­ers.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha po­lice act­ing of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Paul Brown, First Class Con­sta­ble Kim Pig­gford and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Damian Glas­son with prop­erty re­cov­ered from three re­cent al­leged bur­glar­ies.

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