Building-site thieves targeted

Joe Phelan and Nicola Weaver, of Meridian Services, are driving a campaign against building-site crime Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d410874
Joe Phelan and Nicola Weaver, of Meridian Services, are driving a campaign against building-site crime Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d410874

Co-ordinating the Name and Shame campaign, Meridian Security senior investigator Joe Phelan and marketing executive Nicola Weaver visited the northern suburbs in early November.

Ms Weaver said they had recently run an awareness campaign in Baldivis and already seen a decrease in incidents.

‘We decided to hit the northern suburbs this month as well,’ she said. ‘Clarkson was top of the list (in September).’

Part of their strategy was to chat to builders across the northern suburbs, as well as local police, as Ms Weaver said they were appealing to tradies and the general public to help prevent building-site crime.

‘We need the people who are around all the time to be our eyes and ears,’ she said.

‘When there aren’t people around during the evening, that’s when a lot of stuff happens. ‘Coming up to Christmas, that’s the peak time ” illegal dumping goes through the roof.’

In the first 10 months of this year, Meridian received reports of 30 water meters, worth $7466, stolen from building sites in the north- west metropolitan district.

In the same period, thieves took lintels in 23 incidents, brickies’ hardware in 19, and steel in 17.

Butler was the worst hit for thefts from sites prior to lock-up, with 57 incidents reported between January 1 and November 6, followed by Landsdale with 51 incidents.

Builders in Banksia Grove reported 37 incidents, while Clarkson had 16 and Burns Beach 14.

Landsdale was the worst hit with burglaries after lock-up, with 17 incidents, closely followed by Alkimos with 16, then 10 in Darch and nine in Butler.

Banksia Grove and Landsdale each had 10 incidents of damage, while Koondoola had five and Butler four.

According to Ms Weaver, some break-ins were done by people within the industry, particularly where items were installed or delivered one day and stolen the next.

She said there were rewards of up to $3000 and it was important people reported incidents immediately.

‘For people looking to buy in these new suburbs as well, they want to know that they are moving into a safe area,’ she said.

Ms Weaver said some developers had agreements with Meridian Services to provide security patrols, but those patrols were not part of the Name and Shame campaign.

Currently about 60 builders were involved in the 10-year-old campaign, with Meridian handling investigations so police had one point of contact rather than 60.

‘It was originally started by builders because they were sick of the crime that was going on,’ Ms Weaver said.

Fast facts

ITEMS STOLEN COST
30 water meters . . . . . . . . . .$7466
23 lintels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2924
19 brickies hardware . . . . . .$4774
17 steel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2387
13 timber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4591
12 hot plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6988
11 rangehoods . . . . . . . . . . . .$2688
10 cement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2787
9 ovens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6926
8 doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1508

DAMAGE COST
11 windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3460
5 doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$907
4 glass panels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$850
2 gyprock sheets . . . . . . . . . . .$320
2 frames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$340
2 brickwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$430
2 hardiflex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$335
2 roofing hardware . . . . . . . . .$229
2 onsite toilets . . . . . . . . . . . .$6800
1 oven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$971

SUBURBS
THEFTS BURGLARIES DAMAGE

Butler 57 9 4
Alkimos 11 16 2
Clarkson 16 5 2
Yanchep 6 5 n/a
Landsdale 51 17 10
Banksia Grove 37 2 10
Burns Beach 14 3 2
Pearsall 8 4 n/a
Currambine 8 7 2
Girrawheen 4 n/a 2
Darch n/a 10 n/a
Koondoola n/a n/a 5
Woodvale n/a n/a 1

For more information, visit www.nameandshame.com.au.