City of Melville welcomes drop in crime

Western Australia Police statistics show Perth recorded double-digit increases in crime for each of the seven months from June to December last year when compared to the same period in 2014, but burglaries at businesses and homes in the City of Melville fell by 11 and 12 per cent respectively.

Motor vehicle theft declined by 13 per cent and the total number of robberies dropped by 26 per cent from 41 to 32.

It was not all good news however, as there were 484 assaults recorded last year, a surge of 9 per cent from 2014.

Incidents of graffiti also grew by 40 per cent, from 42 to 59.

Willagee (226), Kardinya (156) and Booragoon (140) recorded the highest number of total offences, although crime in all three suburbs was down compared to 2014.

Alfred Cove (27), Ardross (56) and Myaree (67) had the fewest number of total offences – although Ardross was one of just five suburbs that saw an overall increase in crime.

Murdoch led the way in that category with a 52 per cent spike in total offences from 64 to 97. The others suburbs where crime increased were Bateman (36 per cent), Ardross (30 per cent), Attadale (21 per cent) and Brentwood (17 per cent).

Despite the overall drop, a police spokeswoman warned that crime trends were the result of a complex range of factors and that it was difficult to pinpoint exactly what was impacting the statistics at any one time.

“Local police monitor these trends and shift policing efforts as required, which can include patrols in problem locations or operations to target known offenders,” she said.

“We want to reassure the community that we closely monitor reported incidents to provide the best possible policing response.”

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the WA Police statistics were encouraging but that the absence of some offence categories made it difficult to comment on the overall crime rate for the City.