Lock up and be a good neighbour to help beat crime over Easter

That is the message local police want you to remember 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 theft that usually happens at this time of year.

District Inspector Mike Sparkman said that historically burglaries and stealings increased over the Easter break, as schools, buildings and homes were more likely to be vacant.

‘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 people should engage with their neighbours to ensure safer communities.

‘Some alarms aren’t monitored, so if you know your neighbour, then they could call you to just let you know,’ he said.

‘They could pop their head over the fence to make sure everything looks OK, rather than just ignoring the alarm.’

As part of Operation Top Cat, police will flood the area with extra patrols on car and foot.

They will keep a close eye on empty schools and industrial areas and will be visiting entertainment precincts to encourage people to set alarms and talk to their neighbours.

‘We want to ensure we see a decrease in opportunity crimes this Easter,’ Insp Sparkman said.