Sta­tions in joint op to cut thefts from ve­hi­cles

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE from four south metropoli­tan sta­tions will unite in a new op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

The three-month Op­er­a­tion Suris will see of­fi­cers from Fre­man­tle, Palmyra, Mur­doch and Cock­burn po­lice sta­tions fo­cus on re­duc­ing the amount of phones, hand­bags, wal­lets, tools and other valu­able items be­ing stolen from cars.

South Metropoli­tan District Of­fice Act­ing In­spec­tor Brad War­bur­ton said as much as 20 per cent of theft re­ported to po­lice was from ve­hi­cle break ins.

“It is a fast crime that is usu­ally com­pleted in less than 60 sec­onds,” he said.

“Gen­er­ally thieves break a car win­dow to gain en­try. Gen­er­ally this crime type oc­curs in hours of dark­ness and gen­er­ally it oc­curs in car parks and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.”

Insp. War­bur­ton said the aim of the op­er­a­tion was to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness about the preva­lence of the is­sue as well as re­in­force the need for lo­cals to re­move valuables, se­cure their ve­hi­cles and park in well-lit ar­eas.

The cities of Fre­man­tle, Cock­burn and Melville will also be in­volved by help­ing with com­mu­nity safety pa­trols and en­gage­ment, crime pre­ven­tion

and bet­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal de­sign such as CCTV and lighting.

“This joint agency ap­proach will see the join­ing of re­sources in or­der to proac­tively run op­er­a­tions to tar­get thieves in hot spot lo­ca­tions where these in­ci­dents of theft are reg­u­larly oc­cur­ring,” Insp. War­bur­ton said.

“There will also be an em­pha­sis on en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to report sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour and ac­tiv­ity to Crime Stop­pers, in­clud­ing a re­wards in­cen­tive for any in­for­ma­tion that leads to a con­vic­tion in­volv­ing this type of crime.”

Lo­cals can report sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d474766

Po­lice, rangers, City work­ers and coun­cil­lors gather around some crime pre­ven­tion ma­te­ri­als.

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