John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Burglar Beware cracks down on crooks in Cannington.

    1/03/2006 2:44 PM
     
    1/03/06

    The State Government turned up the heat today in one of the State’s burglary hot spots.

    Community Safety Minister John D’Orazio said the successful ‘Burglar Beware’ program had now been extended to the Cannington police sub-district.

    Mr D’Orazio said the Government would target burglars operating in Cannington, Canning Vale, East Cannington, Ferndale, Lynwood, Parkwood, Queens Park, Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley, Welshpool, Willetton and Wilson.

    “I have a blunt warning for burglars and people who knowingly receive and buy or sell stolen goods: Beware, because we are going to get you,” he said.

    “Burglary is devastating. It affects people both financially and emotionally, with those who have been burgled often saying they feel invaded or violated.

    “Honest citizens can also play a part in this campaign by paying close attention to security.

    “In the case of homes, for example, you would be amazed how often burglars have managed to get in through unlocked doors or windows.”

    The Minister said Burglar Beware involved a whole range of tried and tested policing and community initiatives including:
    • providing householders with free home security audits and information on how to prevent burglary;
    • providing support and advice for burglary victims to reduce the risk of re-victimisation;
    • targeting known and repeat offenders;
    • targeting stolen goods disposal routes to make it tougher for burglars to move stolen property; and
    • diversionary programs which targeted young people at risk of offending.
    Mr D’Orazio said Western Australia had experienced a dramatic 34 per cent drop in the number of reported home burglaries over the last two financial years, and the downward trend was continuing.

    “Burglar Beware is backed with more police, more resources, $20million spent on DNA crime fighting and fingerprint technology and crack down on the stolen goods market,” he said.

    The Minister said Cannington’s Burglar Beware followed successes in the Kensington and Belmont sub-districts.

    Since March 2005, Kensington had experienced a sustained reduction of 33 per cent, with suburbs such as South Perth and Como experiencing drops of about 50 per cent. Belmont had also seen a decline of 20 per cent since Burglar Beware kicked off there in July last year.

    Burglar Beware, co-ordinated by the Office of Crime Prevention, involves a multi-pronged attack on burglary - a focused, joined-up Government and Police effort, a public awareness campaign and a package of crime prevention initiatives.

    Mr D’Orazio said the program would be expanded to cover more than 60 suburbs in the south-east metropolitan region over the next year.

    More information about Burglar Beware is available on line at http://www.burglarbeware.wa.gov.au or http://www.crimeprevention.wa.gov.au or by calling 9222 9733.

    Minister's office: 9213 7150