Police recently responded to reports of 31 stealing offences in a week ” an average of more than four a day ” mainly at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City and other centres.
Supt Carver said they were petty crimes such as bag snatches and thefts from unlocked cars. He believed most were being committed by the same groups of people.
‘We are aware of the groups and asking shoppers to take better care,’ he said.
‘We will be patrolling those areas more heavily.’