Lock your house, don’t be a victim of crime, says Kwinana police


It’s not about blaming the |victim, but about foiling the |villain, says Sgt Rob Read.
It’s not about blaming the |victim, but about foiling the |villain, says Sgt Rob Read.

MORE than 60 per cent of burglaries during a short period in Kwinana were through unlocked doors and windows.

With this in mind, Kwinana officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Rob Read is asking residents to ensure their houses are secured.

Sgt Read said police were often accused of victim-blaming when they asked people to lock their doors and windows.

“That remark could not be further from the truth,” he said.

“When we ask people to secure their property, we are reminding people not to make themselves a victim.

“Most, if not all, burglaries through unlocked doors or windows would not have occurred had they been locked, then the person would not be a victim at all.”

On two days last week, more than 60 per cent of all the burglaries reported occurred through unlocked doors or windows.

Sgt Read said this percentage was disappointing.

“We agree that people should not be entering other people’s houses, however, the sad fact of life, and society, is that there are those members that will steal other people’s property at any opportunity,” he said.

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