Chidlow daylight break-in averted

CHIDLOW resident Mike Redwood is urging residents to lock their homes at all times after he averted an attempted daytime break-in.

The 53-year-old was at home when he heard someone near the front of his house and saw a semi-masked man walking past a window.

He then heard someone attempting to break open the front door.

“The door was deadlocked on both sides; I banged on the door from the inside and saw another man run off towards a late-model white sedan,” he said. Mr Redwood recorded the registration number and reported the break-in to police, who told him other burglaries had been reported in Glen Forrest.

The white vehicle used in the attempted break-in was stolen and later recovered by police.

“I just want to warn people to keep an eye out,” Mr Redwood said.

“People living on big blocks with long driveways may not lock up during the daytime.

“For burglars to be this brazen in the middle of the day is worrying,” he said.

“It was clear the men were not from this area because they took off in the wrong direction at the end of my drive towards a dead end.”

Mundaring Police officer in charge Jeff Taylor said an increased awareness of crime did not mean more crime in the area.

“The use of social media helps us to solve crime faster,” he said.

Latest figures show crime in the Mundaring area down by 7.3 per cent on the previous year.