Po­lice hope to cap­ti­vate pub­lic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.”

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