Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

YOU may have heard about Op­er­a­tion Sweep, WA Po­lice's quick re­sponse to an un­sea­sonal rise in crime across Perth dur­ing July. Of­fi­cers in the south-east are part of that op­er­a­tion, so don't be sur­prised if you see more po­lice in your area in next few months. Crime nor­mally drops off in the win­ter months, but it hasn't this year. Bur­glar­ies, steal­ing, car thefts and prop­erty dam­age are up in par­tic­u­lar, which is con­cern­ing to us. We know crys­tal meth is one driver, but it's not the only one. Po­lice an­a­lysts are work­ing hard to as­cer­tain ex­actly why we have had a spike. In the mean­time, there are dozens of po­lice ac­tions across the dis­trict hap­pen­ing right now, and this is hav­ing an im­pact on crime al­ready. We have been tar­get­ing re­peat of­fend­ers and also those ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tions where we know crime oc­curs. Car parks, shop­ping cen­tres, cafe strips and train sta­tions are all hot spots on our radar. Residential ar­eas are also get­ting at­ten­tion. We're mak­ing good progress, but you can help: Lock your car and never leave valu­ables in­side your car. Lock doors and win­dows in your house, even when you're in­side or out in the back gar­den. Re­port crime to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 if you know about it. It might be just the in­for­ma­tion we need.

Keep bags and other pos­ses­sions close when out in public, such as at the shops. We'll keep you up­dated as Op­er­a­tion Sweep pro­gresses.

– Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Matt Sharp

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