Remove valuables from car, police warn
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.