Mandurah police tackling crime in Secret Harbour – women arrested by off-duty police officer

Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson has upped patrols in Secret Harbour and Golden Bay
Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson has upped patrols in Secret Harbour and Golden Bay

FOLLOWING serious offences in April, Mandurah Police have started Operation Ferniehurst in Secret Harbour and Golden Bay.

The operation with target highly visible places and persons, Mandurah officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stephen Thompson said.

“The incidents in April were unrelated, but in the same area,” he said.

“We realised the community were concerned.

“So we have upped our patrols and targeted where the issues are.”

Even off duty police officers are assisting with reducing the crime rate.

“An off duty officer on was on his morning walk when he single-handedly apprehended two females who were allegedly robbing a premises,” Snr Sgt Thompson said.

Recently residents would have seen police vehicles and the mounted police patrolling the areas.

“We continue to target known offenders,” Snr Sgt Thompson said.

“We’re not just responding proactively in a visible way but we’re taking less visible actions.”

Snr Sgt Thompson asked the community to continue to be vigilant and alert.

“The total numbers of offences are down,” he said.

“We monitor constantly, but people need to be aware that it’s not just up to police, but residents and the community reporting to us, and the City of Rockingham’s crime prevention and partner agencies.

“We have a lot going on and we’re looking at stats on a daily basis, it helps us know where to be working.”

Police had a recent win when they executed a search warrant on a house in Secret Harbour where just under 300 marijuana plants were growing.

“It was a commercial operation,” Snr Sgt Thompson said.

“Every room of the house was used for something – growing or drying.”

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