CARDS ARE LIKE CASH, SO SE­CURE THEM

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

CLARE­MONT

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

SU­BI­ACO

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

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.

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