Gone in 60 sec­onds

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

ALL it takes is 60 sec­onds for your phone, iPad or wal­let to be stolen.

That is the mes­sage WA Po­lice and the cities of Vic­to­ria Park and Bel­mont are try­ing to get across in the Gone in 60 Sec­onds cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the on­go­ing is­sue of steal­ing from cars.

The cam­paign is de­signed to show how quickly crim­i­nals can break into mo­tor ve­hi­cles and steal per­sonal be­long­ings, and how leav­ing valu­able items such as phones and bags vis­i­ble in an unat­tended ve­hi­cle can in­crease the risk.

As part of the cam­paign, a clearly marked ve­hi­cle will be parked at shop­ping cen­tres, lo­cal events and hot spot lo­ca­tions, and will dis­play items com­monly tar­geted by op­por­tunis­tic thieves.

The ve­hi­cle will con­tain items such as mo­bile phones, com­puter tablets and cash, and vis­i­tors to the dis­play will be chal­lenged to find all the valu­able items.

Seven lo­cal coun­cils in the south­east­ern sub­urbs are on board with the ini­tia­tive in­clud­ing the cities of Ar­madale, Bel­mont, Can­ning, Gos­nells, South Perth, the Shire of Ser­pen­tine Jar­rah­dale and the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

WA Po­lice com­mu­nity en- gage­ment of­fi­cer Megan Le­haney said the seven lo­cal coun­cils were putting hu­man and fi­nan­cial re­courses into help­ing solve the is­sue.

“Any­thing that is vis­i­ble pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for crim­i­nals to break in,” she said.

“You may not think it is valu­able and it may even be an empty bag, but crim­i­nals will take the risk and break in and grab the bag.

“We are not vic­tim blam­ing; what we are ask­ing for is that peo­ple be care­ful and not open them­selves to be­ing a vic­tim by leav­ing items in the car.”

This car will dis­play items com­monly tar­geted by thieves.

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