Thieves target kite-surfing shops
PERTH kite-surfing shops have been warned by police to increase their security after two of the outlets were targeted by smash-andgrab thieves over two weeks.
“We have not drawn any inferences between the two incidents, unless we get more information or something back from our forensics, but kite-shop owners should think about their security, and although it doesn’t look the best, think about putting bars on their windows,” Mandurah Sergeant Aidan Sloan said.
Nedlands kite-surfing shop Australian Windforce lost many kites and boards to raiders who loaded the stock into a white utility, after gaining entry by throwing a rock through a window at the Stirling Highway store about 3.30am on February 26.
On March 8, thieves broke a window and took eight kite-surfing boards worth about $7500 from WA Surf on Pinjarra Road, Mandurah, the same night a surf shop in nearby Erskine was raided.
Rockingham-based WA Surf owner Drew Malcolm said it was the third robbery – but the first where stock was taken – at his Mandurah shop since it opened in September last year.
The eight 2015-model North- made boards that were taken did not have fins or footpads and Mr Malcolm said would be hard for any thief to sell the boards on kitesurfing website Seabreeze or elsewhere because they needed special additions to attach the footpads that were only available at a limited number of outlets in Australia.
“And although kiting may have grown as a sport, it’s still a relatively small community and if anyone sees the boards on Seabreeze, with the intention of buying any board, they will be expecting it to be about $900 new, and if it’s $300 they’ll know it’s a scam,” Mr Malcolm said.