WBayers on guard

West Bay police are warning residents to be on their guard against theft after analysis showed a rise in figures.

Angelique Howell

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell

In 2006 there were 47 offences of theft reported in West Bay, so far this year there have been 113 offences reported. Items being taken include lawnmowers, garden tools, mechanical engines, cell phones and cash. Items like these need to be locked away or secured down so they cannot be taken easily.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said many of these offences could have been prevented if simple crime prevention tips had been followed. ‘Many of these crimes are opportunistic with items being left insecure,’ she said. ‘This is an open invitation to criminals who will seize all opportunities to steal from you.’

The RCIPS works hard to help reduce crime and officers are carrying out proactive patrols across the district.

‘Residents can also do their bit to help reduce these figures by not leaving property on display in yards and gardens and by locking doors, windows and sheds,’ added Ms Howell. ‘Also, if you do have something stolen, no matter how small, please report it to the police as it can help with our intelligence gathering and profiling of offenders.’