Hard stance on rock throwers

Senior Sergeant Glen Willers, Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and ranger Sam Di Candilo. Picture: Jon Hewson d414432
Senior Sergeant Glen Willers, Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and ranger Sam Di Candilo. Picture: Jon Hewson d414432

Reports of rock-throwing incidents have flooded local social media sites in the past 12 months, with many residents too afraid to drive through the streets at night.

City chief executive Joanne Abbiss led discussions with Kwinana Police Station |officer-in-charge Glen Willers last month to discuss the incidents affecting residents.

Discussions included existing and planned strategies to deter offenders, such as CCTV within the city centre, and increased police patrols in offending areas.

Sgt Willers told the Courier that residents were using social media to report incidents rather than reporting them to police.

‘Rock-throwing throughout Kwinana has been a big issue for about 12 months and police have increased resources to target the issue,’ he said. ‘The problem is that people who witness these incidents are posting about it on Facebook rather than calling the station to make a report.’

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said she believed it was the same group of |offenders involved in the ongoing rock- throwing incidents.

‘Anti-social behaviour, including rock- throwing, is not tolerated by the City, especially when it affects the safety of the community,’ Cr Adams said.

‘I encourage parents and families to discuss rock-throwing and other anti-social behaviour with their children.’

To report an incident, call Kwinana Police Station on 9411 4311.