Over the past couple of months, thousands of dollars of stolen items from residential and commercial construction sites, businesses and office buildings have been reported. Perth Police Acting Operations Manager Per Bentsen said while opportunists were mostly to blame, there were some who targeted big ticket items.
‘It’s the portable items and the high end tools that the tradies use ” they are looking for something that they can readily carry out,’ Sergeant Bentsen said.
‘The other aspect of it is there are some targeting water systems because they’ve got copper in it and the copper wiring that plumbers might leave on site.
‘Make sure everything is locked and secured and the tools are engraved.
‘It’s a great thing for us because it makes it harder for them to get rid of it with an engraved number that we can readily identify.’
Perth Police Acting Inspector Simon Hazell reminded people to be vigilant.
‘It’s silly things like people going out for a smoke during the day and they’ll use a brick to prop open a fire door and forget about it and someone will get access to the building,’ Insp Hazell said.
‘They’ll then use the opportunity to go through unlocked offices in the building.’