Thieves target memorial benches

Sound Telegraph

Residents are being encouraged to report suspicious activity to police after several plaques have been stolen from memorial benches across the City of Rockingham.

Thieves recently targeted memorial seats between Safety Bay Road and Shelton Street in Waikiki, with all 10 plaques in the area stolen from the benches.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels condemned the thefts and encouraged residents to report suspicious behaviour to Police.

“Local families install these plaques to honour the memory of loved ones who have passed away and it’s disgraceful that thieves would steal them simply to make a profit,” he said.

He said while the theft of plaques was not uncommon, an increase in the frequency and number of thefts from memorial benches across the City had reached new heights.

“(It is) of concern,” he said.

“I encourage all residents and metal recycling yards to be vigilant and report any stolen plaques to the relevant authorities.”

Further audits are being carried out to determine if other areas in the City have been targeted.

In a bid to combat this rise in thefts, the City is also investigating other methods of plaque installation, which would make plaques harder to remove.

Anyone with information or who witnesses suspicious activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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