Push­ing the en­ve­lope

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE po­lice have tracked down the ad­dresses of ev­ery reg­is­tered Mos­man Park mo­tor scooter owner to of­fer free locks to stop the ma­chines’ in­creas­ing theft and use in crime.

“Given their pop­u­lar­ity, and abil­ity to zip be­tween laneways, scoot­ers are the pre­ferred trans­port of crooks,” Se­nior Sergeant Neil Mor­tonSmith said.

Last Thurs­day, he posted 64 let­ters of­fer­ing locks to scooter own- ers, af­ter re­quest­ing own­ers’ con­tact de­tails from the Depart­ment of Trans­port ear­lier this month.

Po­lice statis­tics show that the ma­jor­ity of scooter thefts in the Cottes­loe po­lice sub­dis­trict, which reaches east to Dalkeith and north to City Beach, oc­cur in Mos­man Park and re­sult in many of the ma­chines be­ing dumped.

Last month Cottes­loe po­lice charged a Mos­man Park boy (16) with the al­leged theft of a scooter from an Ap­ple­cross home on Oc­to­ber 23, 2014.

Scooter locks have pre­vi­ously been of­fered to the public in broadly- ad­ver­tised cam­paigns in the in­ner- city but Cottes­loe po­lice have nar­rowed their cam­paign be­fore hand­ing out locks on March 9.

Mos­man Park scooter own­ers will get let­ters from Se­nior Sergeant Neil Morton-Smith.

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