Juveniles blamed for break-ins

Gareth McKnight and Cecilia AllenSound Telegraph

Rockingham police have reminded homeowners to make sure they leave their properties locked, after an increase in daytime break-ins in Waikiki and Warnbro.

Rockingham police officer-in- charge Senior Sergeant Brett Reyne said juveniles were door- knocking in the area to gauge whether people were at home, before using back entrances to enter premises.

He said that the criminal and antisocial behaviour had coincided with the better weather and encouraged anyone who witnessed anything suspicious to contact police.

Rockingham detectives arrested two 14-year-old juveniles last week and charged the pair with burglary and stealing.

A third juvenile was under the age of 10 and hence not criminally responsible.

Kwinana police have increased their resources across Medina, Leda, and the Calista area to combat a spike in burglaries and petty stealing.

Kwinana police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Greg Hutchinson said it did not appear to be one person or group because the burglaries were “fairly widespread” and they were also happening at various times throughout the day.

“It goes back to security — get house alarms if you can afford to and if you can’t afford to make sure your windows and doors are locked all the time,” he said.

Sgt Hutchinson said there had also been a steady increase inmotorbike thefts — particularly off road motorbikes and scooters — across Kwinana.

“They’re getting stolen from garages and carports because people can just wheel them off,” he said. “They need to be secured.”

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