Do your bit to beat bur­glars


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Manning Internetdrivingyoucrazy? - Su­sanne Reilly

LATELY, too many peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced the gutwrench­ing feel­ing of re­turn­ing to their car to see it has been bro­ken in to.

Tak­ing a quick walk around the George Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre car park at mid­day dur­ing the week with Kens­ing­ton Se­nior Sergeant Ash Goy, the Gazette spot­ted sev­eral items left in cars in full view of a would-be thief.

Sgt Goy said his team were con­cerned about the grow­ing num­ber of cars be­ing bro­ken in to and the large num­ber of items be­ing stolen.

“Vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas in­clude shop­ping cen­tre car parks, back streets with lit­tle or no light­ing, pub­lic open space and sports ovals where sport­ing clubs train and com­pete,” he said.

Sgt Goy said many of the break-ins at the George Bur­nett cen­tre were oc­cur­ring in the early evening when peo­ple were on the oval.

PayPass and PayWave cards in par­tic­u­lar were be­ing stolen and then used at the nearby Water­ford Plaza.

Sgt Goy said about 40 per cent of crime re­ports re­ceived re­lated to the win­dows of parked ve­hi­cles be­ing smashed and prop­erty stolen.

“Some nights we see as many as 10 to 12 crime re­ports alone,” he said.

“We find of­fend­ers are mo­bile, whether it is on foot or on push bikes.”

He added that a parked car in any lo­ca­tion was a po­ten­tial tar­get.

“It is per­son­ally disap- point­ing to see the amount of bro­ken glass on the ground of af­fected ar­eas, as it is with un­sightly tyre skid marks on the road,” he said.

“The majority of th­ese of­fences are com­mit­ted by the mi­nor­ity of of­fend­ers.

“We are hon­ing in on them one by one.

“At some point, common sense has to pre­vail, peo­ple need to be ac­count­able and to help re­duce this pat­tern of of­fend­ing. Many of th­ese of­fences are avoid­able,” he said.

Of­fences can be re­ported to po­lice by call­ing 131 444.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Se­nior Sergeant Ash Goy checks cars at George Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre in Man­ning.

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