Murdoch Police urges vigilance as part of push to stop thefts from vehicles


CoSafe CCTV surveillance and support officer Gurdeep Singh and Neighbourhood Watch chair Steve Portelli with City of Cockburn community safety liaison officer Marissa Charles and South Metro and Murdoch Police in Hamilton Hill, where security pamphlets will be dropped to homes after a spike in the number of thefts.
CoSafe CCTV surveillance and support officer Gurdeep Singh and Neighbourhood Watch chair Steve Portelli with City of Cockburn community safety liaison officer Marissa Charles and South Metro and Murdoch Police in Hamilton Hill, where security pamphlets will be dropped to homes after a spike in the number of thefts.

ABOUT 700 pamphlets will be distributed to letterboxes in Hamilton Hill, South Lake, Coolbellup and Spearwood after a spike in burglaries and thefts from motor vehicles.

Police from four south metropolitan stations united in October to begin Operation Suris, a three-month focus on reducing the number of valuables being stolen from cars.

Murdoch Police has since expanded its focus to include home burglaries after a spike in the crime.

The cities of Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn are also on board, offering community safety patrols and engagement.

South Metropolitan community engagement co-ordinator Paul Trimble said theft from motor vehicles and home burglaries were two priorities for police, with most residential night time burglaries a result of unlocked doors and windows.

A recent spike in the opportunistic crime prompted the letter drops, which include burglar alert pamphlets and safety check-lists.

“Thieves will go door-to-door at night looking for unlocked doors and windows so they don’t wake up the home owner,” Sergeant Trimble said.

“They will keep checking houses in the street until they find one left unlocked.”

Cockburn’s Neighbourhood Watch chair Steve Portelli, who is also a Cockburn councillor, had one simple message: “Police have a tough job as it is. Don’t make it easier by leaving valuables in your car or leaving your vehicle unlocked.”

CoSafe CCTV surveillance and support officer Gurdeep Singh said Cockburn residents could also take advantage of its 24-hour security service.

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