BEWARE WHEN WALKING ALONE IN THE DARK
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