DON’T USE PHONE WHEN WALK­ING ALONE

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - Sergeant Roberta Robert­son - Se­nior

How many peo­ple do you know who walk early in the morn­ing, or late at night, on their own? Life’s ne­ces­si­ties can make it im­pos­si­ble not to walk alone at some point. On those oc­ca­sions when you’re walk­ing part­ner calls in late to say they can­not make it, or you take a 10-minute walk alone, take a few, sim­ple pre­cau­tions to re­main safe. One of the most com­mon things to do when walk­ing alone is to take out the mo­bile phone and start scrolling through mes­sages. You should avoid us­ing mo­bile phones in dark­ness as it lights up your face to any­one watch­ing and blinds you to any on­com­ing threat. Check your sur­round­ings prior to us­ing your ex­pen­sive and pop­u­lar phone or iPod, and limit the time you al­low oth­ers to see it while walk­ing at night. Re­mem­ber to re­port all thefts and acts of vi­o­lence.

1 NED­LANDS

PO­LICE sus­pect thieves struck three times at and near Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal overnight on July 27. Se­nior Sergeant Dave Steven­son said $6000 cash for a so­cial club was taken af­ter fil­ing cab­i­nets and draw­ers were searched in an of­fice in the hos­pi­tal’s Rblock, and a quan­tity of drugs were taken from another part of the hos­pi­tal that night. It is sus­pected the rob­beries are linked to the theft of light fit­tings and other elec­tric com­po­nents worth $10,000 from a home un­der con­struc­tion at the nearby The Av­enue.

2 COTTES­LOE

CARS parked by beaches are tar­gets for thieves who smash win­dows to grab valu­ables or take ig­ni­tion keys. Sergeant Tom Mer­chant said keys to a Hyundai were taken from a surfer’s beach towel be­fore a mo­bile phone was taken from the ve­hi­cle at Cottes­loe Beach about 5pm on July 26. About 11.30am the fol­low­ing day, a hand­bag and com­puter tablet were taken when the win­dow of a Mazda sta­tion wagon was smashed at a car park near Mos­man Park Beach.

3 WEST PERTH

A SU­BI­ACO man (23) has been charged for the al­leged bur­glary of sev­eral western sub­urbs homes in the past six weeks. Snr Sgt Steven­son said the man was ar­rested at a West Perth house overnight on July 29. It will be al­leged that elec­tri­cal items were taken in the bur­glar­ies and the man breached a pre­vi­ous court cur­few. The man faces two bur­glary charges, three steal­ing charges, breach­ing cur­few and a charge of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty when he ap­pears in court at a later date.

4 CLARE­MONT

A BUR­SWOOD man (28) has been charged af­ter al­legedly at­tempt­ing after­hours en­try to Club Bayview, St Quentin Av­enue be­tween 12.45am and 1.20am on July 27. Sgt Mer­chant said the man caused crim­i­nal dam­age and was tres­pass­ing when he tried to force open back doors to the club but failed to gain en­try. The man was bailed to reap­pear at Perth Mag­is­trates Court at a later date.

5 WEM­B­LEY

A WOMAN who left her hand­bag on the front seat of her car in Ed­in­burgh Street, Mt Law­ley is among the vic­tims of a con­tin­u­ing spate of thefts from parked cars be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Wem­b­ley po­lice. “Theft from cars make up the ma­jor­ity of crimes we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing at the mo­ment,” Snr Sgt Steven­son said. He said up to four thefts, when cars’ win­dows were smashed or the ve­hi­cles’ doors were left un­locked, were be­ing re­ported to his sta­tion daily. Some of the most af­fected sub­urbs in­cluded Mt Law­ley, North Perth, Su­bi­aco and Ned­lands last week.

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