May 2019 Building and Construction Crime Statistics
May saw a total of 30 reports of burglary, stealing, damage and illegal rubbish dumping across Perth building sites. Offences include Burglary x 4, Attempted Burglary x 1, Stealing x 21 and Illegal Rubbish dumping x 3 with 70% of offences occurring in the southern suburbs, with Hammond Park, Baldivis and Treeby the hotspot areas.
Hot Water Unit theft was down for the month of May with only 2 reported incidents. One theft resulted in a licenced Plumber from Mullaloo charged with stealing after the HWU he stole from a Perceptions Building site in Burns Beach Estate had a GPS tracked device installed and was tracked to his home address by PACT Site Security Investigators.
Another theft from a display home in Ridgewood resulted in two males being charged with stealing and unlawful possession after investigators distributed obtained CCTV footage via social media http://bit.ly/Ridgewoodtheft. Clarkson Police arrested one of the offenders as he appeared in court on another matter. Property was recovered and returned to builder.
Electrical cable and water meters continue to be the highest risk items with 10 reported incidents for the month of May, 9 of these incidents in the hotspots areas of Treeby, Hammond Park and Baldivis.
PACT Site Security works with WA Police and the building and construction industry to provide efficient and effective reporting systems to identify crime trends. Accurate reporting of all crime activates resources to reduce theft risk, track and recover property, as well as deter future incidents. Police liaison, GPS Tracking, CCTV, patrols and community engagement are just some of the tactics assisting to reduce crime and illegal rubbish dumping within the industry.
Builders, Land Developers and Civil contractors can contact 1800 272 836 for more information. Look out for our next story on scrap metal coming soon.