Break-in lan­guage bar­rier over­come

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT READ MORE AT

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.

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Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi with Act­ing In­spec­tor Julie Fo­ley.

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