Police hit streets to fight crime
POLICE have boosted their presence in West Perth after a spate of recent burglaries around the area.
An increased number of officers, including those on horseback and bikes, will crack down on crime hotspots such as Robertson and Hyde parks after more than five burglaries occurred in nearby areas in the past two weeks.
Constable Renne Anderson said a combination of West Perth’s proximity to the entertainment precinct and the warm weather was to blame for the rise.
“Bad weather usually discourages people from walking around in the streets and taking the opportunity to break into houses,” Const Anderson said.
“Coming into the nice weather, more people are out and about and more opportunities present themselves.”
Burglaries in the suburb have more than doubled over the past year from 17 to 39, with Highgate experiencing a similar rise.
However, First Class Constable Kelly Player said the high-visibility patrolling appeared to be paying off already.
“We’ve had quite a few government workers approach us and say they’ve seen massive improvements around the parks even in the last week,” Const Player said.
“So hopefully it will help make the area and parks a more friendly place for people to hang out and play and not just for people to drink and engage in anti-social behaviour.”
Const Anderson said people still needed to be vigilant and secure their valuables.
“Don’t leave them in plain sight. Try to keep them in a drawer or cupboard so they’re not screaming out to be taken if someone does happen to come into your house,” she said.
“Obviously installing things like security screens if you’re in the position to do so would also help.”
First Class Constable Kelly Player with horse Ralph, Constable Renne Anderson, Constable Paul McCourt and Senior Constable Patrick Burke with horse Big Ted.