Property crime top pri­or­ity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Kaylee Martin

WITH more than 30 years’ polic­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the chal­lenge of lead­ing a team of 50 de­tec­tives work­ing to com­bat crime across Bel­mont, Kens­ing­ton and Can­ning­ton does not daunt De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Tom Tris­tram.

Sgt Tris­tram has worked in both uni­formed and de­tec­tive roles over his three decades with WA Po­lice.

Com­ing from a lead­er­ship role at Bel­mont Po­lice Sta­tion, Sgt Tris­tram said he wel­comed the big­ger chal­lenge of serv­ing as of­fi­cer-in-charge of Kens­ing­ton De­tec­tives.

He of­fi­cially be­gan the role last month and said his first pri­or­ity was to deal with property-re­lated of­fences.

“As well as deal­ing with per­sonal crime such as se­ri­ous as­saults, rob­bery and sex­ual of­fences, I in­tend to main­tain a hard­line ap­proach to prop­er­tyre­lated of­fend­ers to en­sure the com­mu­nity feel safe in their homes, es­pe­cially dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son,” he said.

Sta­tis­tics from the past year showed more than 6700 cars were bro­ken into in the south­east­ern sub­urbs, with Kens­ing­ton po­lice sta­tion re­ceiv­ing 2131 stolen property re­ports, Can­ning­ton 1384 and Bel­mont 925.

“Peo­ple com­mit­ting th­ese of­fences to sup­ple­ment their drug habits, along with those within our com­mu­nity who sell drugs to th­ese peo­ple, will be our main fo­cus,” Sgt Tris­tram said.

“I en­cour­age mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to re­port any ac­tiv­ity that might be sus­pi­cious to Crime Stop­pers to al­low my peo­ple to act on the in­for­ma­tion.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d447701

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Tom Tris­tram has wel­comed the chal­lenge of lead­ing a team of 50 de­tec­tives.

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