Number’s up for thieves


Senior Constable Terry Walsh with Karen Abbasi and Damian Reeve from Electsales.        
Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d449721
Senior Constable Terry Walsh with Karen Abbasi and Damian Reeve from Electsales.         Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d449721

Theft from homes under construction is a large part of police work and it continues to worsen, according to local community engagement officer Terry Welsh.

Officers have formed a database with Electsales, which is based in Osborne Park, to cross-check serial numbers of goods they seize in a bid to identify them.

If the numbers match, police will know they have stolen items on their hands.

Senior Constable Welsh said police chose Electsales because of the dominance of the business’ products in the new home market.

Goods commonly stolen include whitegoods and cooking appliances.

“We have seen a steady rise in the theft of white goods in the northern corridor with the massive explosion of homes under construction,” Sen Const Welsh said.

“This particular partnership enables police officers to call direct and request information about the ownership of the items and respond accordingly, giving the police officer real-time information and if need be make an arrest.”

Police have also partnered with construction company ABN Group, the Homebuyers Centre and GBI Distribution.

“The partnerships provide a direct line of communication between WA police and major stakeholders within the construction industry,” he said.

“By working in partnership we are able to look at current trends and place initiatives early to help reduce the crime rate within that particular area.”