Thieves targeting apartment car parks
APARTMENT car parks are proving easy pickings for thieves in the Perth CBD.
Police are so concerned about the emerging crime trend they will take up the issue with the City of Perth.
Frustrated apartment residents say they have run out of ideas to protect their cars and other items stored in common areas that are being targeted by thieves.
Items stored in building garages are generally not covered by standard contents insurance policies.
In a recent incident, three cars were broken into at apartments on Terrace Road, Perth around dawn on August 6.
A security camera recorded the thief, who smashed car windows and took a laptop from one car, before he left through a fire escape that was left unlocked from the inside so residents could escape in an emergency.
Apartment residents say thieves wait for someone to drive out of a complex’s secure basement and then walk inside before the automatic gates close. They then use the fire escape to make their getaway.
Resident Simon Spitali keeps his new bicycle inside his apartment on the 18th floor because he had two bicycles stolen from his complex in a year.
It is believed at least another six bicycles have since been stolen from the complex, with thieves using angle-grinders to break the locks.
Other residents said they were surprised to realise the gates and car parks at their complex were not secure and they now felt “deliberately targeted” by criminals.
Senior Sergeant Brendan Moore said stealing from underground private car parks was on the rise because at least one new apartment block was built in the CBD every six months.
“It’s certainly growing in momentum, and WA Police is very concerned about designing out security issues, and we’ll be speaking to the City of Perth about it,” he said.
However, Sgt Moore also pointed out that residents had a part to play in keeping their homes safe, including checking car park gates were shut and that no-one else gained entry when they left or entered their buildings.
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