Beach Watch Program is Launched
The South metropolitan area has a number of summer holiday destinations including Fremantle, Rockingham and Mandurah. With the increase in visitors, volume crime rates historically increase dramatically through to March. On the beachfront, thieves often take advantage of those who have left their mobile phones, wallets, cameras, jewellery or other valuable items unattended on the beach. Thefts of wallets and purses can also contribute to fraud, identity theft and burglary through the unlawful use of identification, credit cards and debit cards.
Leaving personal belongings and valuables in plain sight in parked vehicles can also attract the attention of thieves, particularly in the hours of the day when car parks may be more secluded. Even the sight of small change (coins) can be enough for offenders to break into a vehicle.
The majority of opportunistic crimes are preventable and can be avoided by following basic crime prevention strategies. This includes keeping your valuables in a safe and secure place, ensuring that none of your valuables are visible, and keeping a look out for suspicious behaviour.
Through the use of ground signage the initiative hopes to remind beach users to remove valuables from their person and to secure items out of sight in their vehicles.
The ground signage has been installed within the Town of Kwinana, City of Cockburn and the City of Rockingham. A big thank you to these local governments for being part of the initiative.