Don’t get sandbagged

Sergeant Warren Ameduri, Neighbourhood Watch’s Tony Gale and Mayor Barry Sammels.
Sergeant Warren Ameduri, Neighbourhood Watch’s Tony Gale and Mayor Barry Sammels.

The City of Rockingham has collaborated with local police and Neighbourhood Watch to implement the new Beach Watch program.

The program’s message is for people not to leave personal belongings or valuables in cars when visiting the beach and foreshore areas this summer, and to remember to look, lock and leave.

The City has also installed signage at beach and foreshore carparks to act as a reminder for beachgoers and a deterrent for would-be thieves.

Beach goers can also expect an increased police presence over the summer months as officers target anti-social behaviour and opportunistic thieves.

Operation Safe Beaches involves Local Policing Teams, traffic officers, dog squads and the mounted section patrolling Perth’s coastline.

They will look to deter drunkenness and violence, as well as thefts from cars and the stealing of property from the beach.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce reminded those enjoying the warm weather to do so responsibly and warily.

“Populated beaches and car parks are also ideal for opportunistic crimes,” he said.

“We will also focus on offenders targeting vehicles left unattended for long periods of time, including street parking or car parks at shopping centres, train stations, sporting venues and beaches.”