Thefts from cars, armed robbery rise

Crime Prevention Officer, Senior Constable Jim Dickson points out how careless some motorists are about their property.

Story appeared in: Review | September 11th, 2018

CUMBERLAND is one of nine Local Government Areas (LGA) where theft from motor vehicles offences has increased.
According to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data, there were 1,309 break-ins to vehicles reported in Cumberland over the 12 months to June this year, a 20 per cent increase compared with the same period in 2017 and part of a two-year upward trend.
Auburn Police Area Command (PAC) Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Paul Arnold urged members of the public to take personal responsibility to ensure their personal property is secured.
"We regularly see examples of stealing from motor vehicles where they are left unlocked or with wallets, mobile phones and computers on display for anyone to see," he said.
"A good guide is if it can be seen, it can be stolen."
The figures also showed a 23 per cent jump in robbery without a weapon offences, however robberies with a firearm fell 27 per cent, and robbery with a weapon not a firearm, fell 28 per cent.
Det Insp Arnold said the continual drop in robbery offences was a testament to the ongoing proactive policing strategies deployed by the command.
"Our key aim is to disrupt the criminal cycle to prevent crimes occurring in the first place and do this by a number of methods," he said.
"This includes constantly gathering intelligence and tasking police to areas of concern, we also interact with persons whom we have identified that may be involved in criminal activity. All of this is an ongoing cycle."
He added that information provided by the public, was vital in identifying potential subjects, with members of the community the best placed to identify and report when unknown people or vehicles were in their area.

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