Po­lice call on pub­lic for aid

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SCAR­BOR­OUGH po­lice are call­ing on res­i­dents to help them tackle a rise in steal­ing of­fences.

Se­nior Sergeant Craig Wanstall, who joined the team in July, said steal­ing of­fences were up 9 per cent in the Scar­bor­ough sub­dis­trict com­pared to last year.

“Vol­ume crime (of­fences that cause the great­est im­pact to the com­mu­nity) in the area is higher than what we’d like it,” he said.

“We’re con­scious of it; the dis­trict has in­tro­duced a plan to tar­get steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles, that’s our num­ber one pri­or­ity.”

In the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year, In­naloo recorded the high­est num­ber of crimes with 1786 – in­clud­ing 796 steal­ing of­fences – fol­lowed by Scar­bor­ough with 1440 over­all and 503 steal­ing, and Os­borne Park with 1403 of­fences over­all, of which 433 were steal­ing.

By com­par­i­son, Hil­larys recorded 812 over­all and 366 steal­ing in­ci­dents and Cottes­loe 487 over­all and 243 steal­ing. In­ci­dents of steal­ing made up a third of all recorded crimes across the Perth met­ro­pol­i­tan area in 2017-18.

Sgt Wanstall said though the prob­lem was not unique to the sub-dis­trict, the rise in thefts was a con­cern.

Crim­i­nals were pre­dom­i­nantly steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles and he en­cour­aged peo­ple to not leave valu­ables in their cars.

These thefts were also lead­ing to fraud and re­lated of­fences, with of­fend­ers steal­ing hand­bags and wal­lets, then us­ing credit cards to make pur­chases via PayPass or payWave.

“Prob­a­bly be­fore you know it’s stolen, they’ve al­ready com­mit­ted sev­eral ‘tap and goes’ on your credit card,” Sgt Wanstall said.

He urged peo­ple to re­port of­fences or sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to po­lice im­me­di­ately “re­gard­less of the time”.

Of­fi­cers are on the road through­out the night and can of­ten pre­vent fur­ther crimes by at­tend­ing.

“We’d never crit­i­cise the pub­lic for let­ting us know,”

Sgt Wanstall said.

“Most crimes are be­tween 10pm and 4am and that’s when we’re out and about and can re­spond.”

Al­leged of­fend­ers can have lengthy wait times to front court but Sgt Wanstall said af­ter they had been charged, they could be bailed and placed on a po­lice cur­few, usu­ally from 7pm to 7am, which of­fi­cers ac­tively en­forced.

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486868

Se­nior Sergeant Craig Wanstall wants the pub­lic’s help to stop crime.

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