Bid to stop car thefts

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Pia van Straalen

IN 12 months more than 6000 cars were bro­ken into in the south­east met­ro­pol­i­tan area, but po­lice are crack­ing down on car thieves.

BRAZEN thieves con­tinue to tar­get ve­hi­cles across the South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan po­lice dis­trict.

In the 12 months be­tween Novem­ber 2014 and Oc­to­ber 2015, 6700 cars were bro­ken into, with items taken rang­ing from loose change to high-end elec­tronic de­vices stolen.

In­spec­tor Rod Pet­ter­son, from the South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan dis­trict of­fice, said of­fi­cers-in-charge across the re­gion were keen to en­cour­age peo­ple to lock their cars and take all valu­ables with them.

“Leav­ing items in cars is like a mag­net (to thieves),” he said.

Insp Pet­ter­son said tra­di­tional hid­ing spots in cars, such as un­der seats or glove boxes were no de­ter­rent for op­por­tunis­tic thieves, who tar­geted shop­ping cen­tre carparks, drive­ways and fore­shores.

“Un­til (thieves) re­alise

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