Residents mum on illegal bike riding

Senior Sergeant Mike Newman.
Senior Sergeant Mike Newman.

In the Comment News onMarch 17, Sgt Newman urged locals to report illegal riding in Byford after a barrage of resident complaints about bike riding on-road, particularly Nettleton and Old Brickworks roads, and in Wungong Regional Park.

He said that without information about which families were allowing the practice, police had few options as they could not safely pursue the riders.

They needed intelligence in order to identify the riders� homes and speak with parents, who they could charge if necessary.

But the station had not received a single response.

�The idea was to generate some interest and activity,� Sgt Newman said.

�I know this is a problem from our patrols� but we have received no new complaints through official channels.

�We cannot monitor Facebook.

�It may be a great tool for people to have these crime pages and communicate with each other, but � and I�m not having a crack � you can�t judge the performance of police without giving us the opportunity to act.

�WA Police has recently spent a lot of time, effort and money to improve the way we do business and extend the ways people can contact us and now they can call 131 444, they can call Crime Stoppers, call the station, can sign up to eWatch or report crime online.

�With our new local policing teams we have officers directly responsible for Byford, led by Sergeant Bron Umbras, and people can reach that team direct on 0466 318 128.

�We need to know where these bikes are coming from so we can go and visit and, metaphorically speaking, dong them on the head.

�I again urge the community to get involved and tell us what we need to know.�