CARDS ARE LIKE CASH, SO SECURE THEM
Wembley Police have warned shoppers to keep possessions in view at all times after a spike in stolen handbags, purses and wallets. Senior constable David Moorfield said people leaving items in trolleys were becoming easy targets. “People flip open the baby seat of the trolley, put the bag or purse down, reach for something and then, while they’re not looking, have something stolen,” he said. “Thieves don’t always take handbags. Sometimes they will reach in and grab what they can.” Sen Const Moorfield said people did not understand how quickly they could be robbed. “It only takes seconds,” he said.
“It’s something for people to be aware of.” PAYWAVE cards are like cash, so secure them at all times. Purchases under $100 using the cards do not require a signature or PIN, so don't leave them unsecured at home. Never leave them in a purse or wallet in your car, and watch your purse or wallet when shopping. Secure your letterbox with a lock, or organise your bank to send your cards to a secure location such as a post box. Report lost cards immediately to your bank and never lend your paywave or Paypass card to anyone.
– Sergeant Warren Ameduri
A 14-year-old boy was charged after allegedly headbutting a security officer at Princess Margaret Hospital. The boy allegedly attempted to leave after being brought in to the hospital by St John Ambulance on July 16. Wembley Police said the guard tried to stop him, before allegedly being headbutted. The boy was restrained by staff until police arrived and he was charged with assaulting a public officer.
Wembley Police have had a breakthrough in their investigation into a spate of burglaries across the western suburbs, with a man charged last week. Police began investigating after burglaries at businesses in Subiaco in
April. Eight further burglaries were carried out in Cottesloe, Claremont, Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove on July 11, with six more recorded in Nedlands five days later.
Police searched a Bentley address where they seized items allegedly used to commit the crimes, including a sledgehammer and a crow bar, and items police suspect were stolen during the burglaries.
A 34-year-old Bentley man was charged with six counts of burglary and commit, two counts of burglary with intent, five counts of attempted burglary with intent, possession of prohibited drugs including cannabis and methylamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of stealing.