Unseasonal spike in car break-ins

Vehicle break-ins are rife along Perth's north coast.
Vehicle break-ins are rife along Perth's north coast.

While thefts from cars in coastal areas are common in summer when its busier, acting inspector Dave Ellery said officers had recently experienced a surge in reports from July to August.

He said police had received up to eight reports a night in some cases, when normally there would be only one or two.

He specified areas in the far north near Clarkson as experiencing the biggest problems.

But incidents had stretched as far down as Marmion.

‘It’s people leaving wallets, iPhones and valuables in their car,’ he said.

‘People leaving their doors unlocked.’

He said it was perhaps a ‘sign of the times’ with more cars being parked on verges because residents are living in closer proximity in properties that cannot fit a number of cars.

He urged car owners to use common sense and remove valuables from vehicles.