Police urge caution over the holidays
Police are reminding people to be vigilant in their homes, on the roads and on the water this Christmas break to help them prevent crime and other safety incidents.
Volume or property crime, especially committed by juveniles, historically spikes in the region over the holidays when most residents leave the region, but Pilbara District police are hoping to keep a lid on offending by launching an operation focused on offences such as burglary, robbery and stolen vehicles and juvenile crime. In Karratha, police will engage young people by handing out passes to the Leisureplex pool, promoting sporting and recreational activities and increasing patrols in areas popular with youth.
Acting officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Craig Carter said officers hoped using a proactive approach would keep youth crime down.
“Going back the past five years, the crime spikes have been quite steep in relation to the overall average number of volume crimes, but they have been getting reduced considerably over the past few years because of operations like this one,” he said.
He also said people could reduce the likelihood of breakins by locking up their homes and vehicles, keeping valuables out of sight and getting someone to keep an eye on their property while they were away, while those staying in the Pilbara could assist police by reporting any suspicious behaviour.
Tom Price police officer-incharge Sergeant Tony Di Giuseppe said his station would be focusing on traffic offences and antisocial behaviour.
About 1000-1500 people flock to Exmouth each Christmas and Exmouth police officer-incharge Sergeant Paul World said police would be aiming to prevent marine incidents by conducting ramp inspections with the Department of Transport and working closely with the local volunteer marine rescue group.
Operation Chancery will run from December 21 to February 4.