Police pounce at dawn

South Metropolitan District Acting Superintendent Peter Morrissey.
South Metropolitan District Acting Superintendent Peter Morrissey.

Members of the Mounted Police, Air Wing, Regional Operations Group and Dog Squad joined local officers and detectives in the operation aimed at targeting local crime.

South Metropolitan District Acting Superintendent Peter Morrissey said the operation came about after the community raised their concerns about the quantity of crime happening in the area.

‘This is the first of a number of ongoing rolling operations,’ he said.

‘We have launched this operation to target known offenders and we have executed a number of search warrants during the operation.

‘We don’t just come in and walk away from the problem, it’s operations such as this that have seen a drop in burglary incidents in the last 12 months.’

Supt Morrissey said up to 25 per cent of incidents reported in Beaconsfield were centred in the small area they targeted that morning.

He also said while search warrants were still being executed, a number of charges were laid and prohibited items seized, including 18 drug charges, six weapons charges and a scooter that had been reported stolen.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk said the problem had been around for a while but more needed to be done.

‘It’s good to have this sort of attention because it shakes things up but we need to make sure people here continue to be assisted,’ she said.

‘There won’t be any overnight solutions.’

Supt Morrissey said the South Metropolitan Police were executing a number of similar operations in areas around the district. Residents with information about crime in the area should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.