Po­lice urge cau­tion over the hol­i­days

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Kar­ratha po­lice Sergeant Si­mon Har­ri­son, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Emma Goodall, Con­sta­ble Rus­sell Church­ley and First Class Con­sta­ble Kim Pig­gford. Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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