Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

RES­I­DENTS near schools are be­ing en­cour­aged by the South Metro Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Unit to keep an eye out for thieves and van­dals. Unit Sergeant Paul Trim­ble said he sees an in­crease in schools be­ing tar­geted by thieves around the school hol­i­days. “We ask res­i­dents who live near and around schools to be on the look­out for sus­pi­cious peo­ple on or around school prop­erty, es­pe­cially if they hear any bang­ing or glass break­ing,” he said. “We of­ten see schools be­ing tar­geted over this pe­riod, so it is im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to be our eyes and ears on the street.” Sgt Trim­ble said he of­ten sees young peo­ple get­ting in trou­ble dur­ing the hol­i­days by keep­ing bad com­pany. “This can re­sult in them com­ing to the at­ten­tion of po­lice,” he said. “If you are the par­ent of a young per­son speak to them about the con­se­quences of the choices they make and how the com­pany they keep can af­fect those choices. Giv­ing them bound­aries can also pre­vent young peo­ple from get­ting into sit­u­a­tions that may af­fect their fu­ture.”

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