Easter crime spike leads to timely police warning

That is the message WA Police in the Canning Times area want you to know as the Easter break approaches.

The South-East Metropolitan District will launch operation Top Cat on April 2 to counter the increase in burglaries and thefts that usually happen at this time of year.

District Inspector Mike Sparkman said historically burglaries and thefts increased during the Easter break, as schools, buildings and homes were more empty than usual.

‘It’s a time when people go down south and businesses close for five days,’ he said. ‘If a burglary happens on the Thursday, it might not be detected by owners until the following Tuesday.’

He said it was important that people engaged with neighbours to ensure safer communities.