POLICE officers from local stations have been cracking down on thefts from cars for six weeks as part of Operation Suris.
The three-month initiative which included officers from Fremantle, Palmyra, Murdoch and Cockburn police stations, focused on reducing the amount of phones, handbags, wallets, tools and other valuable items being stolen from cars.
Police apprehended more than 20 people alleged to have been involved in or connected to investigations involving this type of crime.
Fremantle acting officer in charge Phil Gazzone said people should leave their valuables at home.
“If members of the community are going to the beach or to other recreational areas for long periods of time they should attempt to leave them at home or securing them in an available locker when practical,” he said.
South Metropolitan District Office acting inspector Brad Warburton said as much as 20 per cent of thefts reported to police were vehicle break ins.
“It is a fast crime that is usually completed in less than 60 seconds,” he said.
“Generally thieves break a car window to gain entry. Generally this crime type occurs in hours of darkness and generally it occurs in car parks and residential properties.
“Fremantle is currently the highest reported area for this crime type in the northern sector of the South Metro District for 2017.”
Palmyra Police detective sergeant Anthony Thompson said popular recreation spots including Point Walter in Bicton, Mt Pleasant’s Deep Water Point Reserve and Heathcote Reserve were areas where vehicle break-ins were common.
A key message to ‘Look, Lock, Leave’ and to park your car in well-lit areas, remove valuables, lock your car, think before you park, was promoted as part of the operation.
Suspicious activity should be reported on 131444 or at Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.