Minute car thefts


Constable Chris Heart, Mayor Olwen Searle, Community Safety Officer Janelle Patterson and Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Tina Stannard with one of the crime prevention vehicles.  Picture: Matt Jelonek         d449583
Constable Chris Heart, Mayor Olwen Searle, Community Safety Officer Janelle Patterson and Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Tina Stannard with one of the crime prevention vehicles. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d449583

The Gone in 60 Seconds campaign is currently running with clearly marked vehicles visiting shopping centres and community events in hot spot locations displaying a range of items commonly taken from cars.

The vehicles also feature a television screen that shows CCTV footage of real life thefts that have occurred in less than 60 seconds.

Gone in 60 Seconds is designed to raise awareness of how quickly thefts from motor vehicles can occur.

Police have flagged phones, credit cards and handbags as some of the items that were regularly taken from motor vehicles.

Seven local governments, including the cities of Gosnells and Armadale as well as the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale have collaborated with the WA south metropolitan police district to work on minimising the issue.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said the vision of these thefts from cars was quite alarming.

“It’s shocking to think that in less than a minute, a car can be broken in to and personal, valuable items stolen,” she said.

“This campaign aims to make the community a safer place and reduce theft from cars by reminding people not to leave valuables in their vehicles.”

For more information about the City’s crime prevention programs, contact Safe City on 9391 6022 or safecity@gosnells.wa.gov.au.