Gone in 60 seconds
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.