Crime in your suburb: Southern Gazette

Brad Richards-Scully says the sheer weight of opportunity means stealing from cars is still a concern
Brad Richards-Scully says the sheer weight of opportunity means stealing from cars is still a concern

Recent crime figures have put a spotlight on stealing offences from vehicles. These offences are increasing, typically because of some common factors and the ability to commit the offence in little time. These factors include the high volume of potential targets (cars are parked everywhere), the lower risk of detection as opposed to breaking into a house and the high propensity for victims to leave property in their cars, creating opportunity!

Although we have charged several people in recent times with these offences, the sheer weight of opportunity means stealing from cars is still a concern. It is a spotlight we would rather shine elsewhere!

We are seeking your to help reduce this type of crime and you can help in two ways, by removing property from cars when leaving them unattended, even for just a few minutes, you automatically reduce the opportunity and risk of your car getting broken into. Secondly, please let us know of any suspicious people you notice by calling 131444. The more we hear, the greater our chance of identifying possible offenders and preventing offences.

We need to change habits to combat the ease in which these offences are being committed.

One of the many collaborative strategies we have employed, with the tremendous support of the Town of Victoria Park, is the production of car dash mats. They not only provide a visual display that the car owner is being vigilant, but they also help to remind drivers to remove property when parking.

They are also great for cleaning your windscreen and sunnies! The dash mats are available to local residents at community facilities or contact us at Kensington Police Station on 94747555. We would love to hear from you.

Brad Richards-Scully, Acting Senior Sergeant, Kensington Police Station

CARLISLE: Police attended a Jupiter Street address in Carlisle early last Wednesday after neighbours reported hearing a loud disturbance and reports of damaged vehicles in the area. A suspect was arrested and charges are pending.

Police seized smoking implements and drug-related items after a search warrant was executed on a Carlisle home early last week. Charges are pending.

Police are asking anyone to report suspicious activity to Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police received a report of a purple Commodore stolen from Carlisle last Friday morning after a burglar stole keys from a house, registration number 1ECG 269. Police are asking for any information on 131 444 if sighted.

WATERFORD: Kensington police are asking anyone who recognises any of the items in this photograph (above right) to contact them. The items were seized after a man was arrested in Waterford in the early hours of last Wednesday on suspicion of burglary.

KEWDALE: A vehicle was stopped in Kewdale on Tuesday night, which netted a quantity of drugs and paraphernalia. This led to the execution of a search warrant on a Como residence, where more drugs were seized. A Como woman has been charged with drug possession.

EAST VICTORIA PARK: Police are asking for help to locate a silver Commodore, registration 1DFB 118, which was involved in a theft from a Bunnings Hardware store in East Victoria Park. A generator and a box of tools were stolen. Anyone with any information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

MANNING: A juvenile from St James has been arrested over various stealing incidents in Manning and Karawara on Sunday, April 12. He has been charged with stealing and criminal damage and was released on bail.

SOUTH PERTH: Five burglaries were reported in the South Perth and Victoria Park areas last week on residential and commercial properties. Police are again reminding residents and business owners to be vigilant when locking up and storing keys as some of the break-ins could have been avoided.

BELMONT: About 2.40pm on Wednesday, April 15, a man armed with a knife entered a money exchange services on Belmont Avenue at Belmont Village Cloverdale.

He threatened a female staff member before locking her in the toilet. The man stole a sum of cash before unlocking the toilet door and fleeing on foot.

He man is described as being about 35 to 40 years of age, dark skinned, with a solid build and dark coloured hair. He was wearing dark clothing. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.