Po­lice call stay on crime

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ce­cilia Allen

Kwinana Po­lice are con­fi­dent an­ti­so­cial and crim­i­nal be­hav­iour caused by a group of youths around the Cal­ista and Kwinana area is at bay.

In Novem­ber, the Tele­graph re­ported more than 80 peo­ple had at­tended a com­mu­nity meet­ing to dis­cuss the group of youths which had been linked to mul­ti­ple of­fences, in­clud­ing bur­glar­ies, da­m­age, steal­ing and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Some of the an­ti­so­cial and crim­i­nal be­hav­iours had oc­curred around Cal­lis­te­mon Court and also Banksia Park re­tire­ment vil­lages, leav­ing some el­derly res­i­dents feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble.

Kwinana Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Greg Hutchin­son said one per­son had been charged in rela- tion to da­m­age, with sev­eral other peo­ple charged with al­leged da­m­age of­fences in a dif­fer­ent area, be­lieved likely the same peo­ple.

“We put a large num­ber of re­sources into that area,” he said.

“Po­lice were pa­trolling for an 18-hour pe­riod — not just in that area but in and out.

“The City of Kwinana also up­dated their CCTV and did a lot of work with the el­derly in the area.”

In a separate mat­ter, po­lice will be keep­ing a close eye on the Edge Skate Park af­ter re­cent re­ports of graf­fiti, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and steal­ing.

Sen. Sgt Hutchin­son said an­other is­sue was bush­fires.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of small bush­fires in the area, which ap­pear to have been de­lib­er­ately lit,” he said.

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