COM­MON SENSE KEY TO BEAT­ING THEFT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

PO­LICE have no­ticed an in­crease in re­ported steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles in the Bel­mont area. Th­ese of­fences are oc­cur­ring when the ve­hi­cles are parked at sport­ing grounds, shop­ping cen­tres, on the street verge or out­side homes. The Bel­mont Po­lice in con­junc­tion with the City of Bel­mont Se­cu­rity have in­creased pa­trols in hotspot ar­eas, but po­lice need the help of the public and are urg­ing all ve­hi­cle own­ers not to be blasé about leav­ing prop­erty in view of the would-be thieves. Items such as lap­tops, mo­bile phones, back­packs and hand­bags left in full view are just ask­ing to be stolen. Some sim­ple meth­ods that may pre­vent you and your prop­erty be­ing a tar­get: ■ Is my ve­hi­cle se­cured? En­sure all win­dows are up and all doors locked. ■ Have I re­moved all valu­able items from my ve­hi­cle in­clud­ing the GPS? ■ Have I stored any valu­able items out of sight if they can­not be re­moved from the ve­hi­cle at the time? ■ Have I parked in a se­cure or well-lit area? ■ Have I left any­thing with my per­sonal de­tails or ad­dress in the ve­hi­cle? ■ Be ob­ser­vant and aware of peo­ple while park­ing your ve­hi­cle. - Bel­mont Act­ing Of­fi­cer in Charge Sen Sgt Shane Markham

TWO peo­ple were dis­turbed al­legedly break­ing into a garage in Kew­dale on Satur­day, Jan­uary 24 about 5.40am. Noises were heard com­ing from a garage and the res­i­dent went out­side to see a man sit­ting in front of the garage door which had been forced open. The res­i­dent yelled out and heard an­other per­son who was in­side the garage. Both males ran away from the vic­tim with­out tak­ing any­thing. Po­lice have re­leased an iden­tikit im­age (far right) of a man they be­lieve can as­sist with their in­quiries. The man is de­scribed as be­ing 20 years of age, dark­skinned, of slim build, with dark hair, a mous­tache and wear­ing a T-shirt and shorts. Call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 with any in­for­ma­tion.

PERTH A UNIQUE rac­ing bike (be­low) was lo­cated in South Perth. Ref 090215 0820 88387. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Kens­ing­ton Po­lice on 9474 7557.

A VE­HI­CLE was stolen from Bal­moral St East Vic Park. The ve­hi­cle is a 2007 Black Jeep Wran­gler 1CUL 272. Call Po­lice 131444.

POINT KENS­ING­TON De­tec­tives are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing an

in­ci­dent in Sal­ter Point on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, which re­sulted in a 20-year-old re­ceiv­ing a lac­er­a­tion to the chest. The man was wo­ken by a noise in his Cross­man Pass home be­tween 5am and 5.15am, and when he went to in­ves­ti­gate he was con­fronted by a man who threat­ened to kill him. Po­lice be­lieve the of­fender was un­known to the man, and fled the house with the man fol­low­ing him, catch­ing him in the front yard. A strug­gle en­sued and the man re­ceived a lac­er­a­tion to his chest and re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment for sev­eral in­juries. An older-style light-coloured Ford Fal­con sedan or sim­i­lar with two un­known oc­cu­pants was parked out­side the house. The of­fender got into the ve­hi­cle and left the area. He is de­scribed as be­ing in his 20s with dark skin, about 180cm to 190cm tall and of a slim build.

He was wear­ing a black hooded jacket with white writ­ing on the front and black track­suit pants.

A woman in the ve­hi­cle is de­scribed as be­ing in her 20s, with dark skin, a stocky build, and black wavy hair with blonde high­lights.

She was wear­ing a black hooded jacket with pink writ­ing on the front and black trousers.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors would like to speak to any­one who may have seen the sedan in the area around the time of the in­ci­dent or may have knowl­edge of the in­ci­dent.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

EAST VIC­TO­RIA PARK

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