Police advise securing valuables to avoid theft

POLICE are becoming incredibly frustrated at the amount of resources wasted on incidents that they say could have easily been avoided.

Perth police have identified a trend, particularly in the Northbridge Entertainment Precinct, of people failing to secure personal items.

Senior Sergeant Brendan Moore said while thefts should be on the downturn, a combination of unseasonably warm weather and people leaving valuable items unsecured had resulted in a spike in thefts.

“The vast majority of crimes in the Perth subdistrict are crimes of opportunity,” Sen Sgt Moore said.

“They are not organised. They involved the victims not taking minor steps to secure their property.

“I really want to get the message out about the impact it has on police.”

Items being targeted include mobile phones, cash and bankcards that are subsequently used in fraud offences with the Paypass function.

On the first weekend of June, police attended a burglary at a Selby Street property in Shenton Park, where a suspect allegedly entered through an open door and stole a debit card, iPad and iPhone.

The suspect was later found with 57 stolen items, including a car, the iPad, iPhone as well as $900 worth of scratchies from the Busy Bee pharmacy in Northbridge.

There were also a number of identification documents from other people allegedly obtained during previous offences.

Sen Sgt Moore said the incident was indicative of a core group of offenders, who operate throughout the Perth sub-district and western suburbs, targeting unsecured vehicles and properties.

“We know these people are active, but legally or resource wise you can’t have someone following them around; you just can’t afford to do it and there are other things police have to do,” he said.

“That’s why we employ a number of strategies to limit the things these people do but, like I said, the frustrating part about it is people contribute to their victimisation.”