SE­CURE ITEMS TO AVOID WIN­TER BLUES

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

1 SU­BI­ACO

A GROUP of four bur­glars were chased by a cleaner from the Telethon Speech and Hear­ing Cen­tre for Chil­dren in Dodd Street be­tween 10.30pm and 11.15pm on June 1. “The clean­ers were on site and had turned off the alarm,” Se­nior Sergeant Kate Vi­vian said. Af­ter los­ing the bur­glars at the in­ter­sec­tion of Dodd and Har­borne streets, the cleaner dis­cov­ered five of the cen­tre’s rooms had been searched but it was un­clear if any­thing had been stolen. The bur­glars were de­scribed as male, wear­ing black hooded jumpers and dark trousers.

A YANGEBUP man (19) al­legedly com­mit­ted seven bur­glar­ies be­tween April 5 and June 5 in Su­bi­aco, West Leed­erville, Shen­ton Park, East Fre­man­tle and Yangebup. The spree al­legedly in­cluded tak­ing a 2002 Jaguar car from a Roberts Road, Su­bi­aco, house on May 26. Sgt Vi­vian said foren­sic ev­i­dence from the car’s theft, a May 31 bur­glary at a Su­bi­aco Road house and CCTV footage of the man al­legedly us­ing stolen credit cards led po­lice to a Bal­la­jura house, where the man was ar­rested on June 30. He was charged with mul­ti­ple bur­glary, fraud and steal­ing of­fences be­fore he was re­manded in cus­tody to reap­pear at Fre­man­tle Mag­is­trates Court on July 28.

2 FLOREAT

A SPATE of thefts from cars parked on a western sub­urbs street in­cludes thieves break­ing into a ve­hi­cle parked on Kin­tyre Street about 10pm on June 31. Po­lice said the car was un­locked, en­abling the thieves to take a hand­bag that con­tained credit cards, which the owner was able to quickly can­cel.

3 CLARE­MONT

SCHOOL clean­ers dis­turbed a man tres­pass­ing at Fresh­wa­ter Bay Pri­mary School in Bay View Ter­race about 6am on June 31. Po­lice said the clean­ers saw the man leave the school but there was no ap­par­ent dam­age or theft. The man was de­scribed as aged in his 40s, wear­ing a dark beanie and dark, three-quar­ter length shorts.

4 CITY BEACH

THIEVES smashed two front doors at Bold Park Com­mu­nity School overnight on June 28. Sgt Vi­vian said one of the school’s two kitchens was en­tered. How­ever, noth­ing ap­peared to have been stolen.

5 SHEN­TON PARK

A MAN used an axe to smash the glass door of an Onslow Road bak­ery but left emp­ty­handed about 3.45am on June 16. “Once in­side he went straight to the of­fice and used the axe to try gain ac­cess to the safe but was un­able to open it, and he then left the store, dam­ag­ing a till on his way out,” Con­sta­ble Paul Don­nel­lan said. The man was de­scribed as fair-skinned, aged 20-40, av­er­age height and medium build. He was wear­ing a black mask with a white skull, a blue jumper with a white Nike em­blem, denim jeans and dark skate shoes.

Win­ter is still a time when bur­glars are ac­tive. Bur­glar­ies no longer re­duce in fre­quency be­cause of weather. If your doors and win­dows are shut they should also be locked. When you get home at night, make sure your en­trance to your home is safe. Do not leave valu­ables or items that could be stolen, in­clud­ing bi­cy­cles, out­side or on ve­ran­das. Even in win­ter these will at­tract at­ten­tion from bur­glars.

- Se­nior Sergeant Kate Vi­vian

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