GOSNELLS Police officer-in-charge Jodie Pearson has poured cold water over recent RAC data suggesting Gosnells and Maddington are hotbeds for home burglaries.
Gosnells recently topped the RAC’s list of suburbs with the highest number of home burglary insurance claims in 2017, while Maddington was also among the top 15.
However, Sgt Pearson said the list had a small sample size given it was limited to the company’s customers and crime in both suburbs had actually significantly decreased over the last year.
“Gosnells is down 7.9 per cent for burglaries and almost 24 per cent overall for crime over the last year, that’s very significant,” she said.
“Maddington is down 13.7 per cent on burglaries and overall 9.5 per cent for all crime. Gosnells Police is doing a really good job in regards to addressing overall crime.
“The information was published by one insurance company, referencing their insurance claims, not verified offences.”
Sgt Pearson said Gosnells Police were regularly meeting with community partners such as the City of Gosnells and Neighbourhood Watch to discuss crime trends.
“We work in partnership to send out important messages through eWatch, and we conduct cocooning with the good people at Neighbourhood Watch,” she said.
“We discuss the reasons why crime is committed and we work with other agencies to address those issues, however, we need the community to play their part.”
Despite burglary and crime rates both dropping, Sgt Pearson urged residents to continue to be vigilant in their efforts to prevent burglaries and people stealing from motor vehicles.
“Remove valuables and secure your vehicle because over time, you get wallets and handbags stolen and when you get your wallet stolen, it leads to pay-pass fraud,” she said.
“In terms of safety tips for car, purchase a car alarm, if you’ve got a garage put your car in, make sure windows are shut, including sun roof and remove valuables.”