Operation Ukulele launched by police

Sound Telegraph
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Rockingham police have started Operation Ukulele targeting retail thefts, “Tap and Go” fraud offences and antisocial behaviour at shopping centres in the area.

As part of the operation, police will be working with stores, providing security and crime prevention advice, assisting loss prevention officers in detection and prosecution of offenders, conducting foot patrols through shopping centres during peak periods and providing information to the community about ways to keep their credit card and details secure.

Over the past three months, in the Rockingham sub-district, there have been about 180 reports of retail stealing and more than 30 reports of card fraud offences.

Acting Senior Sergeant officer-in-charge Jon Macmillan said retail stealing was not a victimless crime and the cost of this type of offending was passed on to the people.

“We also understand that retail theft can be an indicator of other issues like drug and alcohol abuse or family violence, and we will be referring offenders with treatment needs to relevant support agencies if applicable,” he said.

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