Maylands and Mt Lawley “problematic” crime areas over Easter long weekend, say police

MAYLANDS and Mt Lawley have been called “problematic” areas after a spike in burglaries over the Easter long weekend, according to Bayswater Police.

In a bid to crack down on the Easter road toll, Statewide police focussed on driver behaviour over the long weekend, clamping down on speeding, texting, talking on the phone and drink and drug driving.

Bayswater Police officer-in-charge John Waghorn said while they made a few arrests because of random breath testing, a recent burglary “spike” was a larger concern.

There were 20 burglaries in the last week in Bayswater, Maylands, Inglewood, Mt Lawley, Bedford and Embleton.

Sgt Waghorn said there were eight burglaries reported over the long weekend – usually four to six were reported.

He said another five burglaries were reported Monday, after people returned to their homes after time away.

Sgt Waghorn said five were carried out in Maylands and five in Mt Lawley, “problematic areas” in the station’s coverage area.

“People need to secure their homes, wallets and credit cards,” he said.

He said Paypal was a “significant issue” as thieves could withdraw thousands of dollars just an hour after breaking in.

Bayswater Police arrested one driver with a blood alcohol reading in excess 0.05, another with no authority to drive and seized a vehicle as part of the driver behaviour focus over the weekend.

Morley Police officer-in-charge Tony Vuleta said the long weekend was mostly “business as usual” in Morley, Dianella, Coolbinia, Joondanna, Menora, Tuart Hill and Yokine.

He said police carried out vehicle stops on side streets in the Morley area and three people were charged with drink driving.