CRIME RATES ON DE­CLINE

Great South­ern records drop in crime rates to start new fi­nan­cial year with bur­glar­ies and car thefts on the de­cline.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Tim Ed­munds

Crime rates in the Great South­ern have fallen to start the new fi­nan­cial year, far ex­ceed­ing the re­duc­tion across re­gional WA.

With new fig­ures from WA po­lice show­ing crimes against prop­erty or per­son fall­ing 10.5 per cent com­pared with the same quar­ter last year, the re­gion recorded a 13 per cent drop across the board.

Bur­glar­ies have dropped dra­mat­i­cally by 33 per cent com­pared with the first three months of last year, while mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts are down 27 per cent, prop­erty dam­age 17 per cent and fam­ily vi­o­lence is also down 8 per cent.

Bur­glar­ies are down 20.3 per cent across re­gional WA.

How­ever, po­lice in the Great South­ern district re­main con­cerned by theft and fraud of­fences re­gard­ing credit card theft and stolen mail, and re­minded res­i­dents to reg­u­larly check their credit card state­ments to iden­tify any ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Great South­ern po­lice district Su­per­in­ten­dent Ian Clarke said a 14 per cent rise in steal­ing of­fences could be at­trib­uted to op­por­tunis­tic thefts from cars.

“The com­mu­nity has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to min­imise op­por­tu­nity by not leav­ing money or ex­pen­sive items like laptops, iPads and phones vis­i­ble in cars,” he said.

“Po­lice will con­tinue to tar­get ar­eas where this type of of­fence has been more preva­lent.”

Supt Clarke said proac­tive polic­ing tar­get­ing peo­ple sup­ply­ing drugs had led to an 11 per cent in­crease in drug de­tec­tions.

“I am very proud of the ef­forts made by the Great South­ern po­lice of­fi­cers and our po­lice staff in their con­tin­ued ef­forts to use tra­di­tional and in­no­va­tive meth­ods to re­duce crime in the Great South­ern,” he said. “We live in a safe com­mu­nity in the Great South­ern, and with some sim­ple pre­cau­tions by com­mu­nity mem­bers they can as­sist po­lice in re­duc­ing the of­fences which have spiked. The ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity to po­lice con­tin­ues to be a key strat­egy in com­bat­ing the crooks who choose to steal from other mem­bers in the com­mu­nity.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Great South­ern po­lice district Su­per­in­ten­dent Ian Clarke.

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