Police respond to rock-throwing in Balga


Damage to a bus caused by rock-throwing.
Damage to a bus caused by rock-throwing.

KIDS throwing rocks at buses in Balga has led to increased patrols from Mirrabooka Police and Transperth along bus Route 372.

Route 372 starts at Mirrabooka Bus Station and ends on Landsdale Road in Darch.

The bus route travels through Balga Avenue and Keemore Drive where an incident occurred on July 6.

Mirrabooka Police acting officer in charge Christopher Sprague said Police had not caught the offenders.

“There has been a spike in Balga particularly, from June 13 to July 6, between 5 to 8pm on the 372-bus route,” he said.

“It is undetermined at the moment.”

Sgt Sprague said despite passengers and bus drivers were injured, Police tried to stop kids from damaging buses.

“Basically, Transperth has increased security and police have increased patrols along the 372-bus route,” Sgt Sprague said.

He said people who escaped lawful custody for misbehaviour could be imprisoned for up to seven years with an automatic penalty without a trial of three years in jail and a $36,000 fine.

Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes said rock-throwing risked the safety and security of passengers and staff.

“Rock-throwing is a dangerous anti-social act which targets private and commercial vehicles as well as public transport,” he said.

“That is why we fit all our buses with toughened glass covered in a protective film.

“Our drivers also have access to duress alarms and two-way radios to call for help if they need it, and we have mobile security patrols to ensure a quick response to incidents.”

Mr Hynes said the PTA monitored such incidents and worked with police to detect and apprehend offenders.

“When we are aware of a trouble-spot, we respond accordingly, that is the case with the recent incident targeting Route 372,” he said.

“There have been no further incidents since patrols were increased. While damage caused by rock throwing is usually minor, such offences have the potential to be serious and even deadly.”

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13.