Gosnells crime figures fluctuate

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

In the past year in Gosnells, the lowest weekly average of 6.3 burglaries and car thefts was recorded in June 2012.

In the week ending June 13 this year they dropped to six, then rose to 22 the following week.

The overall weekly average for the year had been 11.3.

Gosnells Police acting officer-in-charge Alex Nicholas said the drop was due to more police targeting a small problem pocket in and around Dorothy Street.

‘We contacted the mounted section, which was able to supply a team of officers and horses to provide a visible daytime policing presence,’ he said.

‘We also tasked a team of inquiry officers to work in an unmarked vehicle, and stay in and around Gosnells.

‘The results were quite significant.

‘Firstly, the burglaries were very low; secondly, the officers in the unmarked vehicle made numerous arrests for drug and stealing motor vehicle offences.’

The burglary and car theft count climbed to 22 the next week, after those resources moved on ” significantly more than the highest weekly average over the year of 16.25.

The most recent figures, for the week ending July 7, showed a return to normal, with six burglaries and one car theft.

Acting Senior Sergeant Nicholas said the spike might have been a bounce-back after the influx forced criminals to lie low for a week, or possibly due to the district’s Operation Carambola changing the usual crime patterns.

He said residents should remember that most commercial burglaries were at night and home burglaries during the day.

‘People need to take responsibility and do the best they can to make sure the house is secure,’ he said.

Sgt Nicholas said many offenders were exploiting garage door weaknesses, and advised people to lock their shopper’s entries.