Perth Police Target Beach Theft

BEACH-GOERS can expect an increased police presence over the summer months as officers target anti-social behaviour and opportunistic thieves.

Police have launched Operation Safe Beaches, which will have Local Policing Teams, traffic officers, dog squads and the mounted section patrolling Perth’s coastline.

They will look to deter drunkenness and violence, as well as thefts from cars and the stealing of property from the beach.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce reminded those enjoying the warm weather to do so responsibly and warily.

“Populated beaches and carparks are also ideal for opportunistic crimes,” he said.

“Leaving valuables unattended either on the beach or in your car, makes it easier for criminals to steal your property.

“We will also focus on offenders targeting vehicles left unattended for long periods of time, including street parking or carparks at shopping centres, train stations, sporting venues and beaches.”