SMASH ‘N’ GRAB
Spike in car break-ins prompts police plea to Katanning residents to make sure no valuables are left in their vehicles.
Katanning police have pleaded with residents to secure their valuables and lock their cars after a recent spike in car thefts in recent weeks.
Opportunistic thieves continue to target unlocked and locked cars in the town centre, with six cars broken into across the weekend adding to the recent spate of breakins prompting a warning from police.
Katanning police acting Senior Sergeant Aaron Honey warned residents to avoid complacency and remove valuables such as wallets, handbags, mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices from their cars.
He said while police would continue to do what they could to reduce and investigate property crime, stealing offences that took only minutes to commit were more often than not preventable.
“They see it, smash a window and it’s gone,” Sen Sgt Honey said.
“The whole thing is done in 10 seconds.
“It’s very hard to get this stuff back.”
Sen Sgt Honey said the shopping areas of Katanning were mainly being targeted with thieves either smashing windows or seizing the opportunity of an unlocked door.
He said any information of suspicious activity to police would add to their intelligence.
A Katanning resident this week sent CCTV footage to the Great Southern Herald of a man trespassing on her home and looking in the windows of a parked car with a torch.
“We can’t prevent crime without the people’s help,” Sen Sgt Honey said. “These are very opportunistic. “Let’s not make it easy for them.”
Anyone with information or witnesses suspicious behaviour to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A trespasser is captured on CCTV at a Katanning home.