Po­lice hit streets to fight crime

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You - By EMILY BAKER

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d426276

First Class Con­sta­ble Kelly Player with horse Ralph, Con­sta­ble Renne An­der­son, Con­sta­ble Paul McCourt and Se­nior Con­sta­ble Pa­trick Burke with horse Big Ted.

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