Po­lice bid to bag thieves

Melville Times - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

MUR­DOCH po­lice have launched a sum­mer oper­a­tion to tar­get steal­ing of­fences at Kardinya Park Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Mur­doch Po­lice De­tec­tive Sergeant Rob Martin said although of­fences were lower in Kardinya in 2018 com­pared to 2017, po­lice had seen a trend in peo­ple steal­ing at the shop­ping cen­tre and were tar­get­ing those re­spon­si­ble.

“Strate­gies have been ini­ti­ated to tar­get those peo­ple who steal from re­tail out­lets and the pub­lic around the Kardinya area to help re­duce the of­fend­ing,” he said.

“Po­lice are cur­rently work­ing with the Kardinya Park Shop­ping Cen­tre man­age­ment to in­crease se­cu­rity aware­ness and ini­ti­ate crime pre­ven­tion strate­gies.”

Sgt Martin said the pub­lic should not be sur­prised to see more of­fi­cers pa­trolling Kardinya and although they did not want to alarm the pub­lic, they would be tar­get­ing the busi­nesses.

“We will use all means to ap­pre­hend and pros­e­cute those re­spon­si­ble,” he said.

“Mur­doch po­lice are keen to work with the lo­cal busi­nesses and ask the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant with their sur­rounds. Of­fend­ers will be op­por­tunis­tic when it comes to steal­ing items, so keep an eye on what’s go­ing on around you, se­cure valu­ables, re­move items from your car and al­ways lock your car.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d489600

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor act­ing Sergeant Stephen Flana­gan has plenty of ideas for re­duc­ing steal­ing.

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