Alert shoppers can beat centre thieves

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Five handbags were also stolen from people who were distracted while shopping.

Cannington acting Senior Sergeant Paul Tolan said Carousel had its fair share of stealing offences.

‘As with any large centre, this can be attributed to the size of the shopping centre, number of businesses operating and the number of people (customers) attracted to the centre,’ he said.

‘Businesses are more often than not the victims of stealings that occur in the shopping centre.

‘Stores often have little or no security and a lack of staff provides offenders with an opportunity to steal.’

Westfield WA regional manager Malcolm Reed said Westfield Carousel took the safety and security of shoppers seriously.

‘We have recently installed state-of-the-art CCTV and crime control systems reducing handbag theft by 90 per cent since 2009,’ Mr Reed said.

‘These systems help us to keep crime out of the centre. We work closely with the community and local police who, with our dedicated security team, regularly patrol the centre.’