Make it tougher for crooks


Don’t leave valuables in cars and park in well-lit areas, say police.
Don’t leave valuables in cars and park in well-lit areas, say police.

Police are encouraging residents to make it #tougherforcrooks, which is also the name of their campaign. People need to take simple steps to protect their belongings.

Officer-in-charge of Mandurah Police Station Stephen Thompson said thieves pick on easy targets.

“They steal from sheds with no padlocks, they go through open garage doors,” he said.

“I’ve seen homes with unlocked front and back doors.

“So this campaign is about making it tougher for them.”

n Burglaries in the Mandurah sub-district are up 12 per cent and thefts have risen 21 per cent on this time last year.

Secret Harbour, Singleton, Erskine and Greenfields experienced a fall in burglaries this year.

But they were up in Dudley Park and Halls Head.

A sizable proportion of these burglaries include stealing from homes under construction, building sites, sheds and garages.