POLICE provided Dianella residents with tips on how to improve personal safety at home and in the community at a forum last week.
Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman led the forum which tackled issues affecting the community including drug use, speeding and restraining orders.
Morley Police Sergeant Daniel Acres, Bayswater Police officer-in-charge John Waghorn and Police Minister Michelle Roberts were part of a panel that answered questions from the audience.
Sgt Acres said people needed to be more aware of stealing from handbags and cars.
“One of the things that is pretty high at the moment is cars getting broken into outside people’s houses,” he said.
“Stealing from handbags has dropped off in Dianella Plaza but people need to understand that just because it dropped off, it does not mean it is not happening.
“It could still be happening if it is not reported.”
Sgt Acres said personal safety also included safety of finances.
Ms Roberts said tackling the “scourge of meth” was a top priority because meth resulted in violence and crime in the community.
“I’m a believer in a strong, visible police presence and preventing crime rather than just clearing up afterwards,” she said.
“A key way to prevent crime is by helping young people engage in their community and invest in their futures with the prospect of jobs and education.”