Traffic offences targeted
Community members within the Broome Police sub-district may have noticed a number of officers from the Perth-based Traffic Breath and Drug Operations Group performing targeted actions within the town centre and its external arterial routes in recent weeks.
Initial reports indicate in addition to a number of Category A Road Traffic Code offences, which include speeding, use of mobile phone while driving, and failing to wear seatbelts, the officers also detected a large number of drivers with excess the prescribed blood alcohol limits and a number of drivers with indications of illicit drugs within their blood.
This should be a reminder we are all accountable for our decisions to drive after alcohol or drug consumption.
It is not safe to drive under the influence of any substances, and being even just over is not acceptable.
I urge everyone to consider how you would feel should you be involved in a crash with another driver with excess blood alcohol levels and use that frustration as a motivator to not do the same.
Briefly touching base on reported crime over the past week — with the increase in population commencing with the dry season we are seeing an increase in thefts, mostly relating to theft from motor vehicles.
Frustrating as it is, most thefts are opportunistic, of items that are left in motor vehicles, both secured and unsecured.
We have long passed the days we can leave our doors open and property unsecured.
It is important we remain vigilant and security conscious for ourselves and our neighbours to minimise the likelihood of becoming a victim of this avoidable offence.
On a positive note, this past week has seen some rapid resolutions to a number of reported burglary and theft offences.
A number of perpetrators have been quickly apprehended and charged with theft and burglary offences, with some stolen property being recovered and returned to the victim.
It is hopeful these outcomes will have a positive impact in the near future.
My name is Les Andrews and I have recently been appointed as the new Officer-In-Charge of Broome Police Station.
I look forward to meeting many of you in the community and directing my team of officers to increase the quality of policing we provide.
For 24-hour police assistance, phone Broome Police station on 9194 0200. In an emergency, dial 000. Anyone with information for police can call Broome Police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.