BE­WARE WHEN WALK­ING ALONE IN THE DARK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

HOW many peo­ple do you know who walk early in the morn­ing and late and night on their own? Life's ne­ces­si­ties can make it im­pos­si­ble not to walk alone at some point. On those oc­ca­sions when your walk­ing part­ner calls late to say they can­not make it, or you make the 10 minute walk alone, take a few sim­ple pre­cau­tions to re­main safe. One of the most com­mon things to do when walk­ing alone is to take out the mo­bile phone and start scrolling through mes­sages. You should avoid us­ing your mo­bile phone in dark­ness as this lights your face up to any­one watch­ing and blinds you to any on­com­ing threat. Check your sur­round­ings prior to us­ing your ex­pen­sive and pop­u­lar phone or iPod and limit the time you al­low oth­ers to see it while walk­ing at night. Re­mem­ber to re­port all thefts and acts of vi­o­lence im­me­di­ately to po­lice. Gen­eral in­ci­dent re­ports can be made to 131 444 or 000 for emer­gen­cies.

1ST JAMES PO­LICE say a stolen debit card was used sev­eral times in the Bent­ley and St James ar­eas to fraud­u­lently pay for taxi fares and pur­chase items at ser­vice sta­tions be­tween June 13 and 16. The debit card was stolen on Sun­day, June 7 from a car in Bel­mont. Po­lice have re­leased a CCTV im­age of a woman they be­lieve could as­sist them with in­quiries. She is de­scribed as dark skinned, of medium build, in her 40s, with miss­ing teeth and a large mole on her right cheek Any­one who knows her or has in­for­ma­tion about this of­fence should call Crime Stop­pers.

2VICTORIA PARK THE man wear­ing a black hoodie (pic­tured) may be able to as­sist po­lice with in­quiries into a bur­glary and theft in Vic­to­ria Park on May 25, and sev­eral frauds in var­i­ous stores in Carlisle, South Perth, Perth and Ar­madale over the next cou­ple of days, worth about $2000.

About 4.45pm on Tues­day, July 21, po­lice saw a Subaru sta­tion wagon re­verse un­safely on Oswald Street, Vic­to­ria Park. Po­lice ac­ti­vated their lights and siren but the driver failed to stop and con­tin­ued through Vic­to­ria Park un­til be­ing stopped at the in­ter­sec­tion of Teddington Road and Shep­per­ton Road. It is al­leged the driver re­fused to get out of the car and po­lice smashed a pas­sen­ger win­dow to help re­move the woman from the ve­hi­cle. It is fur­ther al­leged as the woman was be­ing re­strained, she spat at po­lice. A 49-year-old woman from East Perth was charged with one count each of fail­ing to stop (ag­gra­vated), ob­struct­ing po­lice and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer. The woman also had an out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rant and was re­manded in cus­tody.

3 BEL­MONT ABOUT 4pm on July 22, de­tec­tives from the Re­gional In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit saw a stolen Toy­ota Hilux in Bel­mont and at­tempted to stop the car, but the driver failed to stop and the de­tec­tives lost sight of the ve­hi­cle. About 5pm, the car was seen trav­el­ling east on Reid High­way, Carine. Po­lice Air Wing was called in to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle, which later crashed into three other ve­hi­cles in Hamer­s­ley, re­ceiv­ing sub­stan­tial dam­age. It was later found aban­doned. The driver, who po­lice al­lege was armed with a sword, ap­proached three ve­hi­cles, none of which stopped. Po­lice say the driver then forced en­try to a house and took the keys to a Mazda 6. Air Wing of­fi­cers spot­ted the Mazda 6 be­ing driven reck­lessly and the po­lice he­li­copter was used to mon­i­tor it from the air. It will be fur­ther al­leged the car was in­volved in a num­ber of crashes and both the stolen car and oth­ers were dam­aged. Po­lice stopped the car at the in­ter­sec­tion of An­zac Road and East Street, Mt Hawthorn, where the driver was re­moved from the ve­hi­cle. A 30-year-old man from Hock­ing was charged with steal­ing a car, reck­less driv­ing, fail­ing to stop, ag­gra­vated armed rob­bery, bur­glary, steal­ing, en­dan­ger­ing life and no au­thor­ity to drive. He was re­fused bail and ap­peared in Perth Mag­is­trates Court last week. Po­lice would like to hear from any­one whose ve­hi­cle was dam­aged, or whom the man tried to stop in their ve­hi­cle. Call 131 444.

– Roberta Richard­son, Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant, Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Sta­tion

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