Burglary hot spots patrolled

Police will be out in force to tackle an increase in burglaries in West Perth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d426276
Police will be out in force to tackle an increase in burglaries in West Perth. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d426276

An increased number of officers, including those on horse and bikes, will crack down on crime hot spots such as Robertson and Hyde Park after more than five burglaries nearby in the last two weeks.

Constable Renne Anderson said a combination of West Perth’s proximity to the entertainment precinct and the warm weather was to blame for the rise.

‘Bad weather usually discourages people from walking around in the streets and taking the opportunity to break into houses,’ Const Anderson said. ‘Coming into the nice weather more people are out and about and more opportunities present themselves.’

Burglaries in the suburb have more than doubled over the last year from 17 to 39, with Highgate experiencing a similar rise.

But First Class Constable Kelly Player said the high visibly patrolling appeared to be paying off already.

‘We’ve had quite a few government workers approach us and say they’ve seen massive improvements around the parks, even in the last week,’ Const Player said.

‘Hopefully it will help make the area and parks a more friendly place for people to hang out and play, and not for just people to drink and engage in anti-social behaviour.’

Const Anderson said people still needed to be vigilant and secure their valuables.

‘Don’t leave them in plain sight, try to keep them in a drawer or cupboard so they’re not screaming out to be taken if someone does happen to come into your house,’ she said.