Break-in language barrier overcome
A SPIKE in thefts from cars in Kings Park, Mounts Bay Road and Crawley recently has prompted the first City of Perth multi-lingual warning signs about the threat in the popular tourist and residents’ recreation hotspots.
“With increasing numbers of international tourists from non-English speaking backgrounds, the City has worked closely with WA Police to reduce crime and increase safety in the area,” Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said.
“In addition the City has increased targeted patrols and rangers have liaised with nearby residents to enhance safety.
The 45 signs say “Beware! Do not leave cash or valuables in your car” in Mandarin and Japanese.
The spike since August included an American couple losing $US10,000 travelling money, passports, a mobile phone, purses and $250 from their car at the Fraser’s carpark in Kings Park on August 23.
Wembley Senior Sergeant Pat Kelly said the number of reports indicated anyone visiting a tourist area could be targeted
“They show that the sort of people were mostly people attending the parks and foreshore areas near University of WA and Mounts Bay Road while they are away from their vehicles,” Snr Sgt Kelly said.
Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi with Acting Inspector Julie Foley.