Re­move valu­ables from car, po­lice warn

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By JON BAS­SETT

A SIG­NIF­I­CANT spike in thefts from cars over Easter has prompted po­lice to warn peo­ple to not leave valu­ables within sight of thieves.

“Thieves have told us they go along look­ing through car win­dows, and if they see some­thing they will try doors to see if they are un­locked, or smash a win­dow, but they also say that if they can’t see any­thing they may not do any­thing,” Se­nior Sergeant Dave Stevenson said.

In the week be­fore Easter, Wem­b­ley of­fi­cers recorded up to 30 thefts of iPhones, wal­lets, hand­bags, lap­tops and cash from cars parked in Subiaco, West Leed­erville, Leed­erville and Mount Hawthorn.

The num­ber of thefts dropped af­ter Easter, but 11 more thefts were re­ported in the sub­urbs last week.

Sgt Stevenson said while most thefts from cars were opportunistic, re­mov­ing valu­ables or en­sur­ing they were not vis­i­ble were the eas­i­est and most ef­fec­tive meth- ods of pre­vent­ing thefts.

There were also thefts from cars re­ported along the coast.

Po­lice said a wal­let was stolen af­ter thieves smashed the win­dow of a car at the Mos­man Park beach car park about noon on April 2 and a wal­let and iPhone were taken from an­other car at the car park be­tween 5.10pm and 6.30pm on April 6.

Thieves are sus­pected to have smashed the win­dow of a Jeep Grand Chero­kee, but noth­ing was re­ported stolen, at Cottes­loe Beach be­tween 6pm and 7pm on April 5.

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