Thefts in Esperance have risen by one third

Thefts in Esperance have jumped 34 per cent from last year, with 330 thefts reported this financial year. 

This is an extra 101 reports of theft in the year to date.

Esperance Police senior sergeant Richard Moore reminded the community to secure valuables out of site in vehicles, record bicycle details, including serial numbers, and secure them when they are not being used.

“Neighbourhood Watch Esperance now has 1041 members,” he said.

“It’s hoped these 1041 sets of eyes will assist police to detect offenders and report suspicious behaviour.”

The news follows police investigating a house party in Castletown on Saturday night after a community member called it in.

A Neighbourhood Watch Esperance member posted on Facebook that people were walking around the nearby streets, which caused her dogs to unusually bark.

The woman also contacted police, who went to investigate the party and found juvenilles who were known to steal and damage property.

Police said this type of reporting helps them to identify people and open up avenues of inquiry if offences occur.

The community is encouraged to report suspicious behaviour or offences direct to Esperance Police Station on 90789 8999 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Facebook Posts to Neighbourhood Watch Esperance can then be done to warn nearby residences of incidents.