New cam­paign to curb spike in crime

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

NEW fig­ures have re­vealed a sharp rise in crime com­pared to last year.

Last De­cem­ber had a 14 per cent over­all crime in­crease on De­cem­ber 2014, with rob­bery up 89 per cent.

The metropoli­tan area ex­pe­ri­enced an un­sea­sonal rise in crime through­out the win­ter months and WA Po­lice launched Op­er­a­tion Sweep in or­der to curb the is­sue.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey re­cently launched a cam­paign called Tougher on Crooks.

“One-third of home bur­glar­ies and other prop­erty theft, such as valu­ables from cars, oc­cur where doors and win­dows have been left un­locked or valu­able items left in full view,” she said.

“This cam­paign will re­mind the com­mu­nity they can join with po­lice of­fi­cers and have a se­ri­ous im­pact in mak­ing it tougher for crooks.”

Op­po­si­tion leader Mark McGowan called the re­ported $500,000cam­paign a waste of money.

He said peo­ple do not need to be told to lock up their homes and cars.

“This is seven con­sec­u­tive months of dou­ble digit in­creases across the metropoli­tan area,” he said.

“The new polic­ing model hasn’t worked. They need to go back to tra­di­tional polic­ing meth­ods of be­ing on the streets.”

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