The latest annual crime report for financial year 2015-2016 paints a torrid picture of crime in WA and what is sure to be a hot election issue in the upcoming state election.
In particular crimes of burglary (up 8%), theft (up 7%) and property damage (up 10%) have experienced their biggest annual increase in living memory. In all, for crimes involving theft and damage there were an additional 12,772 incidents state-wide. Worse still the majority of perpetrators remained unidentified and unpunished with arrest and sanction rates less than 1 in 3.
WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan has used the report to call for more police officers saying “we need more than we have got to keep a lid on Perth crime”.
Being robbed or having your property damaging is a harrowing and unsettling experience that no-one should have to face and we feel these crime statistics are unacceptably high and sanction rates unacceptably low.
Unfortunately, though these statistics are themselves probably an under-estimation of the scale of the problem with many smaller acts of vandalism and theft often going unreported as shop and home-owners realise that with police services so stretched only higher level crimes can be a priority.
This being the case we believe it is important that we all do what we can to improve our security and safety at home and at work. Time and time again crime studies show that homes and businesses with higher levels of security are burgled, damaged and robbed at rates far lower than their less protected neighbours. If you or your neighbours’ security is not up to scratch why not get us out for a free security audit? If we take away the easy targets, we’ll be doing our bit to take the load off our hard-working police force.
The full police crime report can be downloaded from our website here: WA Crime Statistics FY2015-16.