YANCHEP Police will be targeting known retail theft hot spots during May and June after a successful operation at the end of last year.
According to Yanchep Police officer-in-charge Ben Huggett Yanchep sub-district, stretching from Alkimos to Two Rocks has had a 12.7 per cent increase in stealing offences compared with the previous year to date.
Senior Sergeant Huggett said retail theft, also known as shoplifting, had increased by 74 per cent, while fuel drive-offs had also increased.
“In December 2019, Yanchep Police conducted an operation targeting retail theft, which resulted in eight offenders being processed in three days,’’ he said.
“Since conducting the operation, there has been a steady decline in shoplifting across the sub-district but despite this, it still presents a significant challenge for Yanchep Police.
“Given the success of the December operation, Yanchep Police will be conducting a more protracted operation during May and June, targeting known retail theft hot spots.’’
Senior Sergeant Huggett reminded the public that shoplifting and fuel drive-offs are stealing offences under the Criminal Code and carry penalties ranging from a $500 on the spot infringement, up to a term of imprisonment.
Furthermore, any person caught shoplifting will have their DNA, fingerprints and photographs taken and may be issued with a banning notice, preventing them from entering a store or shopping complex.
Should people then breach a banning notice, they may be charged with trespass or burglary.
Anyone with information that could help WA Police with identifying suspects for retail theft or other offences can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.