LEAVE YOUR COMPLACENCY AT HOME
A spike in burglaries in the Central Metropolitan Police District has been attributed to complacency from residents regarding security. While most burglaries are opportunistic, it’s too easy for thieves to target houses where residents leave doors and windows unlocked, especially during the day and while they are at home. A check of 23 burglaries over two days found 14 were the result of doors or windows being left unlocked. In one incident a resident left her handbag in her unlocked vehicle, which also contained her house keys, thus allowing the burglar to enter with ease. At night, closing your curtains will stop burglars seeing who is at home. Make sure handbags or wallets are not left in sight and keep security doors locked when any doors are open. Remove all valuables such as wallets, laptops, Ipads, briefcases and GPSs from your car each night before you lock it.
A GIRL (17) texting from a limestone wall was grabbed and robbed by a man in Smyth Street about 8.30pm on March 10. Police said the Woodlands girl had stopped her car and got out to get a mobile phone signal when she was grabbed on the upper right arm by a man, bruising her arm, before she poked her car keys into his stomach and he ran towards Stirling Highway. The girl later discovered her purse on the ground was missing $50. The man was described as Caucasian, of medium build, unshaven with bloodshot eyes and wore a black hooded jumper with a circular, white motif, dark trousers and black, fluffy gloves.
■ THIEVES pulled out drawers and threw documents when they stole from hairdressers Alternative Hair Design on Broadway overnight on March 9. Police said the shop's front door was forced open before the thieves searched the premises and took a till float of $200.
2 SHENTON PARK
A SHENTON Park grandmother caring for her grandchildren (7) and (9) was allegedly threatened by texts from a Queens Park man (36) bound by multiple violence restraining orders from his family about 3.50pm on March 9. Senior Sergeant Kate Vivian said because of “many” warnings about the man and his alleged threats, police requested Tactical Response Group and Dog Squad support when they arrested him at his Langford house about 7.30pm the following day. The man was charged with breaching VROs and was remanded in custody to reappear at Perth Magistrates Court on March 17.
3 CITY BEACH
YOUTHS with replica guns have been charged after being arrested in Floreat Beach carpark about 2.50pm on March 7. Police said the public reported youths with guns saying they would shoot at bins. A patrol found realistic-looking weapons that fired BB-sized pellets. A City Beach man and a Mullaloo man, both 19, were charged with possessing a controlled weapon likely to cause fear and will be summonsed for a later court date.
4 MOSMAN PARK
A VACANT, unfinished home in Horgan Street has been the target of vandals. Police said paint was thrown and a door damaged at the home when it was entered between March 3 and March 7.
5 PEPPERMINT GROVE
POLICE have revealed a Phase One 645 DF digital camera and a black, Leica M monochrome digital camera were among a $100,000 photographic collection taken from a View Street home overnight on February 10. Senior Constable Chrissie Mason-Walshaw said two CCTV cameras at the home were disabled before thieves entered through an unlocked laundry door and went to the garage and emptied a glass case in the garage containing the collection.
The cameras and the watch taken from Peppermint Grovbe.