CLOS­ING GRAF­FITI GATE­WAY TO CRIME

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

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

NED­LANDS

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.

CITY BEACH

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.

WEST LEED­ERVILLE

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.

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