Police call in the cavalry
The Mounted Police from Maylands visited Rockingham last week to assist with Operation Pilcot, which targeted burglaries and violent crimes in the area.
In a bid to crack down on the recent spike in such crimes, Rockingham police were given additional resources from various departments to carry out the week-long operation.
Police zeroed in on trouble spots such as the Rockingham Shopping Centre, Rockingham Foreshore and surrounding problem neighbourhoods.
Const. Kristy Stephens from the Mounted Police said the physical presence of police horses could make a difference in crime rates.
‘‘We spent the week focusing on repeat offenders in problem areas and aimed to reduce burglary recidivism in Rockingham,’’ she said.
Aiming to deter offenders by the sheer number of police present, Rockingham police said the operation had achieved great results.
More than 832 breath tests were conducted, with 12 positive results, while 32 drug wipes returned two positive results.
A total of seven arrests were made, and 195 traffic cautions, 63 traffic infringements and 19 yellow stickers were issued.
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