Following a report by the Gazette last month, Mr McGrath last week told parliament about the number of burglaries in Como.
‘Many of these offences have occurred in broad daylight, with residents coming home to find their dwellings have been broken into,’ he said.
‘Police believe many of these offences are committed by thieves coming into the area by train. It’s a modus operandi used around the world and as a community we need to be vigilant.’
Mr McGrath said residents were calling for CCTV cameras to be installed and for a greater police presence through more patrols.
He said he had spoken to Police Minister Lisa Harvey about the problems in Como.
‘I have also encouraged the City of South Perth to make application for funding when the community safety grants become available,’ he said.
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said information provided by Kensington Police showed the City did not have a significant crime problem, compared with other local government areas.
‘Safety of our residents and property is very important for the City of South Perth,’ she said.
‘The City reminds residents to take precautions to protect their property by keeping doors and windows locked, as access to properties this way is an ongoing issue. Besides keeping doors and windows locked, homeowners are also encouraged to keep handbags and car keys in places out of sight through windows.’
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