Gosnells: Amaroo Village targeted by thieves


George Smart, Margaret Higgs, Janelle Patterson (Gosnells Community Safety Officer), Linda Stewart and Sergeant Rob Coales. Picture: Jon Hewson d453290
George Smart, Margaret Higgs, Janelle Patterson (Gosnells Community Safety Officer), Linda Stewart and Sergeant Rob Coales. Picture: Jon Hewson d453290

SENIORS are being targeted by thieves with multiple burglaries reported at Amaroo Village in Gosnells.

Gosnells police said several burglaries had been recorded over the past two weeks, which prompted the manager of Amaroo to go and speak with police about the issue.

The police, who work closely with the City of Gosnells’ safe city team, door-knocked the local area and distributed 186 Neighbourhood Watch kits, spoke with 70 residents and signed up two residents to eWATCH.

Gosnells police and the City of Gosnells’ safe team also held a presentation at Amaroo Village on Wednesday to speak with the residents about the issue.

There are more than 200 homes at Amaroo Village in Gosnells.

Sergeant Rob Coles said it was opportunistic crime targeting money and valuables.

“It is about us working with the City of Gosnells’ businesses and resident,” he said.

“It is all about home security, securing homes and looking out for each other to report such behaviour.”

Amaroo manager of property and assets John Hansen said it was about teaching residents safety and raising awareness.

“What we want to try and reinforce is the fact you lock your door as (burglars) are opportunistic,” he said.

“We are encouraging a buddy system so people know to look out for you.

“We have caught people in the past through DNA and forensics”