Esperance crime rate on the rise

Crime has risen by almost 80 per cent compared to the same time last year and Esperance police are reminding residents they can do their part to help.
Crime has risen by almost 80 per cent compared to the same time last year and Esperance police are reminding residents they can do their part to help.

Crime has risen by almost 80 per cent compared to the same time last year and Esperance police are reminding residents they can do their part to help. 

Since July 1 there have been 97 reports of theft compared to 54 for the same period in 2016.

At the end of the last financial year there were 339 theft offences, an increase of 28 per cent from the 2015/16 financial year.

Esperance police said theft was continuing to rise due to unemployment, drug abuse and residents not securing property.

Police have urged residents to remove valuables from vehicles and lock homes and cars to prevent opportunistic theft.

With school holidays starting this week, police will target education institutions and ask the community to report suspicious behaviour to police on 131 444.