Construction site thieves have their day in court

Two adult males have appeared in Perth Magistrates Court this month following the theft of hot water units at a BGC Residential construction site in Balga.

The offenders were arrested after PACT Site Security investigators installed a number of GPS tracking devices into hot water units at a set of units under construction at Kentmere Way, Balga. The offenders stole the installed hot water units and Pact Site Security investigators were able to track the stolen property to an address in Girrawheen.

Investigators liaised with local detectives who executed a search warrant at the address, recovered the property and charged the two males with 2 counts of stealing. PACT Site Security founder Craig Pages-Oliver said “It’s another good result with the assistance of WA Police. Arrests like these undoubtedly reduce onsite theft for not only our members but the entire construction industry. Builders, contractors and land developers need to work together to stop ongoing construction theft and in doing so eventually the thieves will stop stealing from construction sites as they know their chances of being arrested are significantly increased. It’s a case of ‘target hardening’ the construction industry and the thieves will go elsewhere”.

One offender was fined $2000 with $400 restitution to be paid to the builder and the other fined $500 with a $700 restitution ordered.

Craig Pages-Oliver