ROCKINGHAM and Kwinana crime rates have dropped, according to WA Police statistics.
The number of reported offences for the 2018-19 period fell by 29 per cent in Baldivis, Wellard 28 per cent, Leda 16 per cent, Waikiki 34 per cent and Cooloongup by 13 per cent.
Home burglaries, car stealing and fraud-related crime fell significantly.
Drug offences halved from 263 to 135.
Bertram was the only suburb in the Baldivis electorate to record an increase in crime – from 442 offences to 627.
However, this figure was skewed by an increase in stealing from a single commercial premises in the suburb.
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said new handheld computer devices issued to local police would help them spend more time on the streets fighting crime.
Mr Whitby attributed the falls across the electorate to a more targeted approach to local policing under the State Government’s new policing model and improved policies and investments aimed at reducing crime. Employment and economic growth also had an impact.
“Obviously crime is still a concern – especially if your home or car has just been broken into or hoons are roaring up your street,” he said.
“But these figures compiled by police show things are heading in the right direction and the number of reported offences is trending lower.
“These are encouraging figures but there is still a lot of work to do.
“Home burglaries, car break-ins, hooning and general crime remain a concern in our community.
“It’s good to know the Government’s approach is having an impact, but we must continue to support our police and give them the resources they need to do their job.
“I also urge local residents to make sure they report crime or suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to help police catch offenders.
“Police can’t respond to crime if they don’t know about it.”
The $34.6 million investment for the handheld devices will put them into the hands of 3500 police across WA.
“Our police will spend less time at a desk and more time on the streets,” Mr Whitby said.
“They won’t need to return to the station to deal with admin issues. They will be able to do things like identity checks and record witness statements out in the field.”
Mr Whitby said other recent anti-crime initiatives included new stab-proof vests for police, a big boost in funding for family and domestic violence and support for local Police and Community Youth Centres.
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