Police hope to captivate public
PEOPLE who leave valuables visible in their vehicles can expect a friendly warning from WA police.
The move is part of operation Captivate, which aims to reduce the high rate of stealing from motor vehicles.
Sergeant Nicole Winstone said the operation, running from February 6- 8, would involve an increased police presence around carparks in the metropolitan area, with a focus on Kings Park.
“We are urging the public to look, lock and leave and not to leave items out in the open,” she said. “If we identified something of value that somebody has left in their car, we will take their registration details and they will get a letter from WA police warning them it could have been stolen.”
Sgt Winstone said she hoped that the operation would raise awareness.
“We caught some offenders a little while ago and sat them down and said why do you do it and they said we actually just walk along looking in the cars, if there’s nothing in it, we don’t bother and move on to the next one,” she said.
“It’s an opportunistic crime that’s on the rise because it’s becoming harder and harder to steal vehicles and from houses.”