South Metropolitan Police Crime Prevention co-ordinator Dave Whitelaw said cars were often stolen as a result of home burglaries.
‘People break into a home through unlocked doors and windows, find the car keys in accessible places and then take off in the cars,’ he said.
The best way of reducing car theft was by locking the house and car and keeping keys out of sight from would-be thieves.
‘People need to shut their blinds and curtains, keep vehicles in a secure garage, lock their doors and windows and put their keys away in a safe place,’ he said.
He said it was possible thieves also targetted suburbs that were easily accessible.
‘In Applecross, people can turn onto Canning Highway and enter onto the freeway.’
The worst-hit suburb is Kardinya, which has had 44 cars stolen since March last year. Applecross has had 33 cars stolen in the same period.
Besides a spike in car theft, WA Police weekly statistics also show a recent increase in home burglaries in the suburbs of Applecross, Kardinya and Mount Pleasant.
In the past four months, 140 home break-ins have been reported to the police in the three suburbs.
Palmyra Police said they were targeting burglaries and was calling on local residents to be aware of suspicious behaviour and look out for the neighbours.
‘Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity should call the police immediately,’ Snr Sgt Andy Stevens said.
Sgt Whitelaw said it was hard to pinpoint why some areas were targeted more than others.
‘Crooks get familiar with areas they work in and will tend to stick to the same locations,’ he said.
‘Overall, the South Metropolitan area is good and one of the better areas around compared to our neighbours.’