Officer a victim of burglary

Burglary victim: Snr Sgt Tony Booker.  Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d441910
Burglary victim: Snr Sgt Tony Booker. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d441910

In early December last year, I was a victim of a home burglary in particular the Fremantle area. We are renting a property while we build a new family home so the security measures in place are not long term as I do not own the property.

Specifically, we don�t have deadlocks on the front door. Being only human, one particular night we unknowingly forgot to lock the front door to the house.

Around 3.30am someone tried his luck and found the front door unlocked and entered our home.

He ran past the kitchen table and collected some goodies for his efforts � cash for our cleaner on the table, a Mac Book, my wife�s handbag, purse with all the cards and her diary.

The thief pushed his way out the side door, breaking the locks and fled. The whole incident would have lasted only a couple of minutes at best.

My wife heard a noise, went to investigate and thought we must have left the doors open. She locked them and went back to bed. She was none the wiser at that point, not thinking anything untoward may be on the cards.

About 5.15am her mobile phone rang and it was the bank, asking about her credit card activity and the penny dropped.

We checked the house and starting working out what had happened and what was missing.

This is where we can all learn from my experience.

Ensure your bank security information is up-to-date, so the banks can contact you straightaway if suspicious activity is happening live on your bank account.

I made the call to police, and this area is covered by my staff. Seeing my name on the task, as you can imagine, they went into gear.

What we did is use the bank to help. They informed me of live time activity of where and when the crook was using the card and I notified the attending police, so they followed the hot trail of the crook/s. He visited a few service stations and jumped into a taxi, having fun with our money.

Our response team acted for us and they can for everyone else if the ducks all line up.

They tracked the thief�s movements and a taxi travelling to a house, where some of the property was recovered. The property had changed hands, but by locating some of the property quickly, fingerprints on the laptop made short work of identifying the person in my house.

As it turns out, this person was active in our area and we managed to link him to our crimes and he is now off our streets.