POLICE have been cracking down on people trying to get away with not paying for groceries in Gosnells.
Southern River MP Peter Abetz said in Parliament people in Gosnells were walking out of stores with groceries.
Gosnells officer-in-charge Ray Thompson said police were currently working with retailers to identify shoplifters.
“We have local police working with local people to resolve local problems,” he said.
“We have been working with security to help identify thieves.
“It is not unusual for people to leave Coles or Woollies with goods.”
Mr Abetz also said in Parliament drugs could be a factor.
He used to run a drug rehabilitation support groups in Willetton for recovering addicts and for families who were affected.
Mr Abetz was also involved with people who worked in prisons.
“About 80 per cent of people in our prisons today are there for drug-related issues, not for being in possession of drugs necessarily or dealing,” he said.
“They could be there for theft for the purpose of funding their drug habit or that type of thing.”