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Senior Sergeant Mal Jones, Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders, Commander Charlie Carver and officers outside the newly expanded Clarkson police station. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d411680
Senior Sergeant Mal Jones, Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders, Commander Charlie Carver and officers outside the newly expanded Clarkson police station. Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d411680

Senior Sergeant Gary Saunders and his team of detectives and inquiry team investigators moved into their new offices a week ago.

The unit, which worked from Joondalup station for several months during construction work, was formed in October last year after pressure from the community for more police resources.

Commander Charlie Carver said crime in Clarkson had decreased significantly since the detectives’ office opened last year.

Cdr Carver said the North West Metropolitan District’s crime figures were 14.5 per cent lower in the financial year to date than they were in 2012, and the Clarkson sub-district was 11.9 per cent lower.

‘We are experiencing the best crime figures we have had for five years,’ he said.

‘That is in spite of an increase in population in the City of Wanneroo.’

Cdr Carver said burglaries were down by 11.5 per cent, vehicle thefts were down 34 per cent and property damage was down 20.9 per cent.

He said that while robberies were up 50 per cent, that equated to six incidents since July 1.

‘What we are looking at overall is a decrease or 205 offences less than what we were this time last year,’ he said.

Sgt Saunders said detectives made seven arrests in their first three days back at Clarkson.

‘I’m very happy with the performance of the office over the past 12 months,’ he said.

To contact Clarkson detectives, call 9407 1070.