A SPIKE in burglaries and thefts from unsecured homes and vehicles in the lead-up to the July school holidays has prompted Cockburn police to warn people to lock up homes, sheds and cars.
Detective Sergeant Paul Thornton said offenders were being given easy opportunities to steal valuables because people were failing to secure their property.
“We can’t emphasise it enough; these people are extremely opportunistic and brazen in their efforts to steal property. If there’s an open door they’ll walk through it,” he said.
“People need to be more conscious and mindful of the importance of securing their homes and vehicles to prevent the theft of their valuables.”
Sgt Thornton said preventative measures need not be expensive and could include simple things including locking doors and windows, not leaving property in plain sight, and installing security lights.
He said reporting suspicious activity and logging holidays with police could potentially save homeowners a lot of follow-up work.
“The inconvenience of having to make a lot of calls to cancel and renew cards is what a lot of people find most annoying,” he said.
More information is available at www.police.wa.gov.au.