Po­lice tar­get car break-ins

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­CAL po­lice are crack­ing down on thefts from ve­hi­cles in a new op­er­a­tion.

Of­fi­cers from Mur­doch, Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle and Palmyra po­lice sta­tions will use the op­er­a­tion to com­bat an in­crease in ve­hi­cle break-ins re­ported across sub­urbs through­out the Fre­man­tle Dis­trict.

Mur­doch po­lice De­tec­tive Sergeant Rob Martin said these in­ci­dents com­prised a third of all thefts re­ported in the dis­trict, mak­ing it a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue.

“This is of­ten an op­por­tunis­tic of­fence where of­fend­ers are steal­ing small amounts of prop­erty of rel­a­tively lit­tle value,” he said.

“There is plenty of in­tel­li­gence in­di­cat­ing the value of re­mov­ing valu­ables from your ve­hi­cle. How­ever, the re­al­ity is peo­ple still con­tinue to leave their wal­lets and hand­bags within sight of thieves scour­ing the streets for these op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It causes sig­nif­i­cant costs to be in­curred by the pub­lic.”

He said they had a suc­cess­ful ar­rest al­most as soon as the op­er­a­tion be­gan.

“Mur­doch po­lice had an im­me­di­ate re­sult dur­ing pa­trols of South Lake where a 23-year-old male was stopped rid­ing his bike,” he said.

“The male was ques­tioned by po­lice and searched, where a num­ber of tools were lo­cated, in­clud­ing house-break­ing im­ple­ments and items that could be used to gain en­try into ve­hi­cles and he was sub­se­quently charged with three of­fences.

“A short time later we were in­volved in an­other stop, this time of a ve­hi­cle. A search of the ve­hi­cle again lo­cated a num­ber of items of in­ter­est which could be used to break into cars and the oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle was sub­se­quently ar­rested for an out­stand­ing war­rant.”

Sgt Martin said the eas­i­est preven­ta­tive mea­sure was for peo­ple not to leave valu­ables in their cars.

“Po­lice need the pub­lic to be more vig­i­lant by re­mov­ing items from their ve­hi­cle,” he said.

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