‘Tis the sea­son for se­cu­rity

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - David Sal­vaire

As the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches, res­i­dents in Man­durah are be­ing asked to lock their homes and ve­hi­cles to pre­vent a po­ten­tial spike in crime.

Fig­ures from WA Po­lice show December and Jan­uary are peak times for prop­erty of­fences, in­clud­ing home bur­glar­ies and break-ins.

Across the South Metropoli­tan District in 2016-17, to­tal prop­erty of­fences jumped from 2803 in September to 3359 in Jan­uary.

Prop­erty of­fences in­clude mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft, steal­ing from ve­hi­cles, shoplift­ing, mug­ging and fraud, as well as break-and-enters and steal­ing from dwellings.

The big­gest spike in of­fences through December and Jan­uary last sea­son was bur­glar­ies (1416 in to­tal) and theft (3116).

Man­durah Po­lice Sta­tion Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant James Tip­ple said bur­glar­ies from unsecured prop­er­ties and steal­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cles were the most com­mon of­fences com­mit­ted over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“Gen­er­ally the main is­sue this time of year is peo­ple leav­ing their homes in­se­cure,” he said.

“With the hot­ter weather, win­dows and doors are left open, leav­ing easy tar­gets for op­por­tunists. The main mes­sage would be to en­sure that houses are se­cure even if re­quir­ing in­creased ven­ti­la­tion.

“In ad­di­tion there are of­fend­ers who will specif­i­cally tar­get Christ­mas presents, so we’re ask­ing peo­ple not to leave them in clear view whether at home or out shop­ping.”

Sen. Sgt Tip­ple said while crime fig­ures for this fi­nan­cial year in the area were down, re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and se­cur­ing valu­ables would help po­lice.

Re­cent re­search from QBE In­surance Aus­tralia re­vealed the role neigh­bours play in mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties safer.

Port­fo­lio man­ager Grant Pearce said the re­search showed 84 per cent of Aus­tralians were con­cerned about the se­cu­rity of their home while they were away, but four out of five ad­mit­ted they would be more com­fort­able if they knew their neigh­bours bet­ter.

“We com­mis­sioned this re­search to high­light some of the ad­di­tional mea­sures Aus­tralians can take to fur­ther im­prove the se­cu­rity of their homes, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days, his­tor­i­cally a peak time for home break- ins,” he said.

“Of course, lock­ing doors and win­dows and en­sur­ing valu­ables are out of sight should be key steps in all pre-hol­i­day se­cu­rity regimes, but the hum­ble neigh­bour can also play an im­por­tant and pow­er­ful role in mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hoods safer for all.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Man­durah Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Steve Thomp­son.

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