Crime reports mar big Australia Day celebrations

While thousands flocked to Ashfield Reserve to enjoy a picnic, live entertainment and fireworks, it is believed offenders were targeting parked cars at the Bassendean train station.

Kiara Police had not received any reports but Mr Gangell said he had heard of cars being broken into.

“The Australia Day celebrations went off fantastically, with what I believe was a record crowd,” he said. “The downside was that people were targeting the cars.”

He said the cooler weather meant people began gathering earlier than usual.

“When it is about 40C, people tend to rock up about 7pm, but it was cooler so at 5.30pm, it was full,” he said.

Kiara Police received a report on January 26 that an unknown offender entered the backyard of a Morley Drive property in Eden Hill and stole 20 pre-mixed alcoholic drinks from the back patio.

Officer-in-charge Ian North said the offender might have entered and left via the back fence.

“There was a bench pushed up against the rear fence,” Senior Sergeant North said.

A hand drill was also stolen.

Eastern suburbs residents took to Facebook to share their brush with crime on January 26.

Marle London wrote on the 6054 community page that her brother’s car was broken into overnight and his cricket equipment and an Esky were stolen.

She wrote the offenders attempted to steal the vehicle and it rolled down their street and hit a bus stop on Walter Road East.