Tough approach ‘arresting crime’

First Class Constable Peter Crosbie talks to Kendall Haines about the police’s Advanced Traffic Management Vehicles.
First Class Constable Peter Crosbie talks to Kendall Haines about the police’s Advanced Traffic Management Vehicles.

Supt Sorrell was one of two key speakers at a community police forum hosted at Cockburn City’s council chambers last Tuesday night. The forum had been pushed heavily by Spearwood resident Ray Woodcock.

Supt Sorrell said a no-nonsense approach to crime was working.

‘Statistically speaking, you’re probably safer now than you were 10 years ago,’ he said.

‘Burglaries are down 42 per cent on this time last year and 8 per cent down on five years ago.’

He said there were improvements in the number of verified assaults, which were down 34 per cent in the past 12 months, while robberies were down more than 40 per cent in the same period.

Alarmingly, domestic violence has become a trending crime no longer reserved for low socio-economic suburbs.