POLICE from four south metropolitan stations will unite in a new operation targeting theft from motor vehicles.
The three-month Operation Suris will see officers from Fremantle, Palmyra, Murdoch and Cockburn police stations focus on reducing the amount of phones, handbags, wallets, tools and other valuable items being stolen from cars.
South Metropolitan District Office Acting Inspector Brad Warburton said as much as 20 per cent of theft reported to police was from vehicle break ins.
“It is a fast crime that is usually completed in less than 60 seconds,” he said.
“Generally thieves break a car window to gain entry, generally this crime type occurs in hours of darkness and generally it occurs in car parks and residential properties.”
Inspector Warburton said the aim of the operation was to both raise community awareness about the prevalence of the issue, as well as reinforcing the need for locals to remove valuables, secure their vehicles and park in a well-lit area.
The cities of Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville will also be involved by helping with community safety patrols and engagement, crime prevention and better environmental design such as CCTV and lighting.
“This joint agency approach will see the joining of resources in order to proactively run operations to target thieves in hot spot locations where these incidents of theft are regularly occurring,” Inspector Warburton said.
“There will also be an emphasis on encouraging members of the public to report suspicious behaviour and activity to Crime Stoppers including a rewards incentive for any information that leads to a conviction involving this type of crime.”
City of Cockburn rangers and community safety manager Michael Emery said it had a number of initiatives in place to address this type of crime, including increased CoSafe patrols during summer, a Rapid Deployable Kit CCTV camera at CY O’Connor beach and a CCTV upgrade at Coogee Beach.
“The City of Cockburn has worked closely with Cockburn Police in the past with coastal patrols, however with the revised police boundaries the City will be working closely with both Fremantle and Murdoch police to address crime spots this summer,” he said.
Locals can report suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
How to protect your things
-Follow the look, lock and leave instructions
-Park in a well-lit area
-Report Suspicious information to Crime Stoppers