Police ask for help on hoons

A hooning motorbike rider out the front of Atwell College.
A hooning motorbike rider out the front of Atwell College.

Cockburn Police operations manager, Sergeant Nicole Ford, said motorcycle hoons were a constant problem.

‘In many cases these motorcycles are stolen and relate to other volume crime incidents such as stealing and burglaries,’ she said.

‘The areas in which offenders seem to frequent are parklands and along railway lines.’

She said anyone with information relating to unregistered motorcycles or hooning in general should call Crime Stoppers or their local Police station to report.

She added that photographs of the illegal activity could also assist police, but people should be ‘mindful to not endanger themselves’ taking the snap.

The issue was a significant talking point at Neighbourhood Watch’s (NHW) meeting with police earlier this month.

NHW suburb manager for Coolbellup, Ugo de Marchi, reinforced the message spread by police.

‘The community is the eyes and the ears. That is what police tell us,’ he said.

‘If we don’t help them with information then they’re less likely to know what the problems are.’

Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli said something needed to be done because bike hoons were putting lives at risk.

‘We hasten to add most bikers do the right thing,’ he said.

‘We only want to target those antisocial belligerent types who illegally ride on our roads, parks and gardens.’