Pre­ven­tion urged over hol­i­days

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Alicia Per­era

Kar­ratha’s top cop is urg­ing res­i­dents to pro­tect their valu­ables through strong crime pre­ven­tion strate­gies over the school hol­i­days to pre­vent an­other spike in ju­ve­nile crime.

Of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said of­fi­cers had recorded a steep in­crease in of­fences, par­tic­u­larly bur­glar­ies and rob­beries, com­mit­ted by ju­ve­niles in Kar­ratha over the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod, dur­ing which of­fi­cers ar­rested 16 ju­ve­niles on a com­bined 39 charges.

“We had a 100 per cent in­crease in crime at­trib­uted to ju­ve­niles,” he said of the past school hol­i­days.

“It went from 52 to 105 de­tected of­fences.

“We had other of­fences com­mit­ted by adults, but cer­tainly not to the same ex­tent as those com­mit­ted by ju­ve­niles.”

Sen. Sgt Stevens said po­lice were putting ex­tra re­sources in place these hol­i­days to pre­vent a sim­i­lar spike but also noted that be­cause many ju­ve­nile of­fences were op­por­tunis­tic, there was a lot res­i­dents could do to pro­tect their prop­erty.

He asked peo­ple to fol­low a three­step process: re­duce the re­wards for po­ten­tial of­fend­ers by keep­ing valu­ables out of sight and reach; make it more dif­fi­cult for any­one to break in by lock­ing doors and win­dows; and in­crease the chances of­fend­ers could be caught, for ex­am­ple by prun­ing shrubs in front yards or in­stalling alarms or CCTV.

Sen. Sgt Stevens said peo­ple should not be com­pla­cent be­cause the risk of crime was not nec­es­sar­ily less in the coun­try.

“Crime pre­ven­tion needs to be a state of mind, re­gard­less of where you live. You still need to do what you can to pro­tect your own prop­erty,” he said.

“The risk is the same wher­ever you live. There will al­ways be op­por­tunis­tic of­fend­ers around. “Don’t find out the hard way.” Po­lice are also ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to alert them if they no­tice any­thing sus­pi­cious or out of place in their area over the hol­i­days.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens, right, pic­tured with Con­sta­ble Adam Le­vak and First Class Con­sta­ble Rosie McMinn, is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to fol­low crime pre­ven­tion strate­gies.

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