Crime down as Scarborough Police target suburb

A booze bus in action. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d397150
A booze bus in action. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d397150

CRIME rates have dropped in Innaloo as police target the suburb.

Scarborough police, backed by additional police resources, flooded the area for the second time on April 4 and 5.

The two-day action resulted in six arrests, 22 summonses, 33 infringements and 20 misuse of drugs charges.

More than 1300 random breath tests were issued, with two people charged with driving under the influence and three people registering a blood alcohol reading in excess of 0.08.

Officers also performed 25 drug breath tests and one driver tested positive.

As part of the effort, police executed four search warrants, which all resulted in various amounts of drugs and drug paraphernalia being seized.

It followed an operation on March 21 that resulted in 14 drivers facing charges and was largely in response to residents’ concerns raised in a recent community forum.

Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall said crime rates had dropped in Innaloo from 250 offences in November to 106 offences in March.

He believed the additional police resources and focus over the past few months had contributed to the decrease.

“We’re happy with how it went but we’ll continue to monitor the crime in Innaloo,” he said.

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