CLOSING GRAFFITI GATEWAY TO CRIME
Police are targeting graffiti offenders and are calling for public support in a crackdown on unlawful damage. Operation Quadrangle III started on February 20 with Police Transport Unit and local police focusing on graffiti offenders. Research shows graffiti is a gateway crime, meaning many graffiti offenders escalate to commit more serious crimes without intervention. Graffiti has a significant impact on the community. Clean-up costs are estimated to exceed $25 million each year, and graffiti increases perceptions of crime and reduces community pride. Quadrangle includes both enforcement and engagement activities aimed at putting offenders before the courts and raising awareness about graffiti. It is vitally important that the public supports our efforts to tackle this crime. - Sen Sgt Michael Dalla-costa
A BURGAR targeted a 90-year-old woman’s retirement villa on Monash Avenue between 1pm and 4pm on February 21.
“It’s worrying that a thief would target the elderly,” Senior Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said.
The woman was not at home when her purse and its contents including $60 cash were taken after her villa’s rear sliding door had been opened. THIEVES raided Rocket coffee bar on Stirling Highway. Senior Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said a window at the drive-through café was smashed early on February 22.
The thieves took a computer tablet.
SUSPECTED burglaries, comprising two each in Aruma Way and Kalinda Drive, about 7am on February 21 are considered to be connected.
“We are interested in talking to anyone who may have seen something suspicious,” Senior Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said.
A wallet and iphone were taken from two of the houses.
A dark blue Hyundai ix35 all-wheel-drive and a darkskinned man, aged 35-40 wearing a blue cap, jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt, were both seen in the area.
IT is alleged a Yokine man (46) was carrying a stolen wallet at West Leederville train station.
Senior Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said police saw him in the station’s underground pedestrian tunnel about 9am on February 23.
After a chase of less than 100m, the man was charged with stealing and is remanded to reappear in court at a later date.