LEAVE YOUR COM­PLA­CENCY AT HOME

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - - Sergeant Gra­ham White

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.

1 NED­LANDS

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.

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