Overall crime in Roebourne, Wickham trends downwards

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Roebourne police report overall crime in the sub-district has declined.
Camera IconRoebourne police report overall crime in the sub-district has declined. Credit: Roebourne police, Twitter/ Roebourne police

Police have congratulated the Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson communities on their commitment to countering crime as figures show overall crime in the sub-district has fallen both in the past five years and compared with the same time the previous year.

Crime in the Roebourne police sub-district, which includes the towns of Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson, has dropped 11 per cent below the area’s five-year average and 22 per cent on the rate last financial year, according to WA Police statistics.

Threatening behaviour (family) was one of the categories in which offending dropped the most, with figures down 64 per cent compared with the past five years and 81 per cent down on the same time last year.

Stealing of motor vehicles has also plunged by 62 per cent over five years and 61 per cent on last year’s results.

Burglary (down 20 per cent on a five-year average and 40 per cent on last year) and stealing (down 38 per cent on a five-year average and 25 per cent on last year) were also categories of significant improvement. Property damage figures were 20 per cent lower than last year, but one per cent higher than the five-year average.

Roebourne police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Daly said the results were a testament to the crime prevention work being done by police, agencies and community members.

“These crime statistics are fantastic for the communities we serve and reflect the dedication of local police but also the strong collaborative approach with key partners and service providers to keep our community safe,” he said.

However, he said police had recently noticed a rise in non-domestic related assaults and threatening behaviour in the sub-district, “which is often associated with the abuse/misuse of alcohol”.

Sen. Sgt Daly urged community members to help promote the responsible consumption of alcohol message and use crime prevention methods to further prevent crime in the community.

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