Re­ported crime on wane

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Pierra Wil­lix

Re­ported crime in the Rock­ing­ham sub-district has con­tin­ued to drop, but po­lice say vig­i­lance is still essen­tial.

The sub-district has seen an over­all de­crease in sev­eral crime cat­e­gories from this time last year, but Rock­ing­ham po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Brett Reyne said po­lice still re­lied on in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic to help ad­dress crime.

Fall­ing un­der the wider Man­durah district, sub­urbs in­clud­ing Rock­ing­ham, Cooloongup, Bal­divis, Warn­bro and Port Kennedy are part of the Rock­ing­ham sub-district, with sta­tis­tics re­leased this week show­ing a down­ward trend across sev­eral crime cat­e­gories.

Sen. Sgt Reyne said when com­pared to this time last year, the sub­dis­trict had seen a de­crease in the num­ber of of­fences in­volv­ing theft and the steal­ing of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

“Steal­ing of­fences, from both prop­er­ties and busi­nesses, is nearly 10 per cent down, while the steal­ing of mo­tor ve­hi­cles is cur­rently al­most 20 per cent down from this time last year,” he said. He said there had been a slight rise in bur­glar­ies, par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ing busi­nesses.

There has also been an in­crease of 50 home bur­glary of­fences on last year, but Sen. Sgt Reyne said po­lice were work­ing to ad­dress this by tar­get­ing par­tic­u­lar ar­eas and par­tic­u­lar of­fend­ers.

Dam­age of­fences were slightly up by 5 per cent, but Sen. Sgt Reyne said this rep­re­sented only 19 of­fences.

The num­ber of rob­bery of­fences was ex­actly the same as this time last year. Sen. Sgt Reyne said the Rock­ing­ham po­lice sub-district was trav­el­ling well in terms of the re­duc­tion of re­ported crimes, but stressed the im­por­tance of on­go­ing vig­i­lance by res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers.

“The sub-district has seen a gen­eral re­duc­tion in crime over the past few years and we are still on track and in the right di­rec­tion, how­ever this could be dif­fi­cult to con­tinue to main­tain a down­ward trend in com­ing years,” he said.

Sen. Sgt Reyne stressed the im­por­tance of on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween po­lice, the pub­lic, busi­ness and the City of Rock­ing­ham to help tackle crime in the area.

“All of these groups are cur­rently work­ing to­gether re­ally well and help­ing to pro­vide po­lice with as­sis­tance and good in­for­ma­tion, which does make our job a lot eas­ier,” he said.

He also urged busi­nesses to make their prop­er­ties and goods harder to tar­get for crim­i­nals by un­der­tak­ing work such as in­stalling CCTV and not hav­ing valu­able goods on show out­side stores.

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