ABOUT 20 members of the public attended a law and order forum in Clarkson this month.
Police Minister Liza Harvey spoke at the event, hosted by Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob, whose Burns Beach electorate will include Clarkson from the March State election.
Clarkson Senior Sergeant Stephen Foley attended with Sergeants Darren Lumb and Andrew Abel.
“The main concerns seem to be about traffic matters,” Sgt Lumb said.
Yanchep Sergeant Jason Macander, who has been shortlisted for the WA Police Excellence Awards individual category, spoke at the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on October 24.
With winners to be announced on December 8, Sgt Macander thanked the group for nominating him, and said it was a credit to the work of the team at Yanchep Police Station.
Sgt Macander said year-on-year crime statistics remained lower for the period July 1 to September 30, with Yanchep having 67 fewer offences, or a 27.8 per cent drop.
He said Two Rocks offences had gone up by five assaults between August and September, and it was still 38 per cent less than the same period last year.
“That’s a really positive sign,” he said, adding it came in spite of population growth.
Sgt Macander said as summer weather started, thefts had already started, particularly at beaches and warned against complacency.
“People go to the beach leaving their keys, wallets under their towel, thinking ‘no one will know’,” he said.
“We will ramp up our focus at the beach.”
The sergeant said police had also spoken to new fuel station operators about ways to minimise the risk of thefts, since the number of stations in his sub-district increased from two to five within the past year.
“Historically we haven’t been hit by fuel drive-offs,” he said.
“In other areas, some are getting 10 to 15 thefts of fuel per day.”
SEPTEMBER 2016 CRIME STATISTICS
Alkimos: 1 assault, 5 home burglaries, 2 commercial burglaries, 1 graffiti
Butler: 13 assaults, 14 home burglaries, 3 commercial burglaries, 3 graffiti, 3 vehicle thefts
Carabooda: 1 assault
Clarkson: 18 assaults, 18 home burglaries, 2 commercial burglaries, 3 graffiti, 3 vehicle thefts
Eglinton: 1 assault, 2 home burglaries
Jindalee: 3 home burglaries
Merriwa: 5 assaults, 5 home burglaries, 1 commercial burglaries, 3 vehicle thefts
Mindarie: 5 assaults, 7 home burglaries, 1 commercial burglaries, 1 graffiti, 1 vehicle theft
Neerabup: 1 commercial burglary
Nowergup: 2 assaults
Quinns Rocks: 10 assaults, 8 home burglaries, 3 commercial burglaries, 1 robbery, 2 vehicle thefts
Ridgewood: 3 assaults
Two Rocks: 5 assaults, 1 vehicle theft
Yanchep: 12 assaults, 11 home burglaries, 1 commercial burglary, 1 graffiti